I talked to a class at UD’s Lifelong Learning Institute today at the old NCR building across from Carillon Park. Among the things they wanted to know: is Archie staying? Where’s Detwon? Who’s the best Flyer to interview? Do you fly with the team? Do you get to go to practice?
The answers: I don’t know, probably not, Jordan Sibert, no and no. They mostly asked me about this year’s team, which is good because when it comes to UD trivia, I’m mostly relying on the media guide. It didn’t take long Saturday to figure out when Dayton’s last 100-point game was because Doug Hauschild’s media guide is well done and easy to navigate.
Here’s a look back at that game from Dec. 11, 1999. This is a game story from Bucky Albers, of the Dayton Daily News, who invited me to speak at UD today. Until the Flyers’ 101-77 victory against Fordham on Saturday, this was their last 100-point game.
DAYTON THUMPS COASTAL CAROLINA
Flyers run their record to a perfect 8-0
DAYTON — Coastal Carolina hit the floor like a hurricane Saturday night, sending the University of Dayton Flyers for cover, but it was only a matter of time before the Chanticleers of Conway, S.C., got swept down the Miami River in a flood of Dayton points.
Before a crowd of 12,453 at UD Arena, the unbeaten Flyers crushed Coastal, 104-79, for their eighth consecutive victory, strengthening their argument for a spot among the nation’s top 25 teams. Dayton is one of 15 unbeaten NCAA Division I teams and one of only three that are 8-0.
Coastal caught the Flyers flatfooted at the beginning, making three early 3-point goals and taking a 15-5 lead in the first 3:16 as the crowd watched in shock.
“It was a quick wake-up call,” said UD point guard Edwin Young. “We had to buckle down. We didn’t want them to come into our place and get a ‘W.’ ‘
After a timeout to collect themselves, the Flyers outscored Coastal, 57-17, over the remainder of the half to leave the court with a whopping 62-32 lead.
UD hadn’t scored so many points in a half since Dec. 19, 1995, when the Flyers had 67 in the second half of a 110-76 victory over Chicago State. It was the most points scored by UD in a first half since Dec. 15, 1990, when the Flyers rolled up 63 points in a game against Southern University. Amazingly, the Flyers lost that game, 116-112.
The Flyers continued the assault in the second half and led by 41 (91-50) with 9:46 remaining.
“They are very, very impressive,” said Coastal coach Pete Strickland, a former UD assistant. “They play together unselfishly. When you have a team that doesn’t care who gets the credit, watch out!”
In hitting the century mark for the first time in two years, the Flyers threw practically everything at the Chanticleers. There were several dunks and some spectacular passes in transition. Center Mark Ashman made the second 3-point shot of his career, and walk-on guard Joe Ashburn gave the team three assists and a steal.
Ashburn got some playing time because starting forward Cain Doliboa was unable to play. Doliboa has been experiencing back pain since the first exhibition game. He has been scheduled for an MRI this afternoon.
“I don’t have any feeling from midway down my right leg,” Doliboa said before Saturday’s game. “I can’t feel my foot. The numbness just started yesterday, but my back’s been bothering me all season.”
Doliboa’s absence gave freshman Brooks Hall an opportunity to make his first collegiate start, and Hall responded with 16 points, making six of nine shots.
High scorer and rebounder for the Flyers was junior guard Tony Stanley, who scored 22 points and grabbed 11 missed shots. Ashman had 15 points, David Morris 13 and Edwin Young 12 – nine in the first 12 minutes. Matt Gladieux had 26 for Coastal.
Strickland thought the perimeter play of guards Morris and Young was the key to Dayton’s performance. Morris had five steals and Young had four as UD’s defense stifled Coastal’s attack. Each of the UD point guards had seven assists.
“Offensively, maybe that was as good as we’ve played all year,” UD coach Oliver Purnell said. “We had 26 assists. That means we can pass and move the basketball.”