It seems as if every team that comes to UD Arena to play the University of Dayton Flyers, they bring their 'A' team and force UD to stave off upsets. Such was the case Saturday afternoon when a forlorn Fordham team put the Flyers to a tough test before UD prevailed, 7-70, their 13th straight win this season in the Arena and 21st win this season.
After falling behind Duquesne, 20-9, early in the first half at UD Arena and trailing 57-53 with six minutes left, full-court pressure enabled the Flyer to sprint out on a 20-0 run and pull out a 75-59 victory, their 20th win this season.
Adversity rears its ugly head in many ways and the University of Dayton responded to adversity on several fronts, a 23-12 deficit early in a game at Saint Joseph's and an 'off' night by DaRon Holmes II. But his supporting cast took on starring roles Tuesday night in hostile Hagan Arena to score a 94-79 Atlantic 10 victory to remain tied for first place with Richmond.
When the outside shots aren't falling, it is a good thing for the University of Dayton basketball team that they have DaRon Holmes II roaming near the basket. The Flyers trailed St. Bonaventure, 30-28, at the half, but pushed the ball inside the Holmes and he scored 25 of his 34 points in the second half to end UD to a 76-71 win.
After a shocking upset loss at Richmond last Saturday, the question of the day was, 'Will the Dayton Flyers bounce back Tuesday against George Washington and will DaRon Holmes II shake off a shaky performance?' And the answer was yes and yes as UD buried George Washington, 83-61, and Holmes dominated with a double-double, 25 points and 12 rebounds.