Kevin Dillard scored 25 points and Josh Benson 19 to lead Dayton to an 81-76 victory over Alabama on Wednesday night. It was the seventh straight win against SEC opponents for the Flyers (6-2), who improved to 19-8 in the past six seasons against teams from BCS conferences. Trevor Lacey had 16 points and Levi Randolph 15 to lead Alabama (6-2), which, partly due to injuries, used a different starting lineup for the fifth consecutive game.
Dayton went ahead early, 20-9, before Alabama went on a 17-5 run to take a quick lead at 26-25. Dayton would eventually take a 38-33 into the half. "Those are the things that we've tried to address all year long," Grant said. "We talked about it before the game and our guys are aware about the need for us to come out and start well. We weren't able to do that tonight. As a basketball team that is what's going to allow us to be successful. I thought the three-point line was the difference in the game."
"I thought Dayton was the better team tonight. They came out right from the tip and set the tone with the pace of the game. They really hurt us in transition and our press was extremely ineffective. They were able to take advantage of opportunities in the press and in the half court, they were able to exploit some things. We just didn’t do a very good job of defending in any facet today. On the other end of the floor they were more physical, just a little tougher in terms of what they were able to do to win the game."
"We have a lot of respect for Alabama," Dayton coach Archie Miller said. "This is the type of environment where you have got to have playmakers, and we had so many guys step up and make plays. Quite frankly, I thought Kevin Dillard dominated the game. It was a big stage. That is the sign of a great point guard." Dillard scored 25 points to lead all scorers, while Josh Benson added 19 for Dayton. Alabama had four scorers on double figures, led by Trevor Lacey's 16 points and five assists. Levi Randolph added 15 points for UA. Trevor Releford scored 13 and Cooper 12. Alabama, after a break for exams, will carry a two-game losing streak into a two-game road trip with contests at Virginia Commonwealth and Texas Tech.
From a potentially-deadly disease he can’t remember, to an experience he’ll never forget, Miles Benton’s been through a lot in his first decade of life. Year ten is going better than year two, when doctors diagnosed him with cancer in his leg. Last month Miles went to a college football stadium for the first time and saw his favorite team, the Alabama Crimson Tide, defeat their bitter rivals Auburn, and got to go in the locker room and spend time with the players after the game. "It was pretty awesome, first Iron Bowl, so yeah, it was cool," the 10-year-old said. He was the guest of Austin Shepherd, whom he met for the first time after the game.
"Some people think that it's been tough. In some aspects it has been tough, but to me, everything happens for a reason," Black said. "It could be for a better purpose. I just try to go out and cheer the team on ... go out and just have a great year, do my thing week in and week out. "I still feel like I learned a lot this year. Hopefully we get to the national championship and get a W in that game, too."
Asked about Tomlinson's progress before Alabama's game against Western Carolina three weeks ago, UA coach Nick Saban indicated that Tomlinson's skill set would have been a strong fit for Alabama's needs on the defensive line this season. "Just watching him day to day, he has really good quickness. If he wasn't hurt he's probably a guy who can help us because he's one of those quick-twitch guys," Saban said. "Especially when you play a game like (Texas A&M), when you're playing against the spread and you need guys who can run and chase the quarterback, I think he would do a good job in a role like that."
Speaking today at the Intercollegiate Athletics Forum in New York, Emmert said of conference realignment: "When people say it's all about the money, that's not inaccurate." Later, Emmert added: "When the world believes it's all a money grab, how can you say we can stick with the same scholarship model as 40 years ago?" Schools defeated the stipend measure last year, expressing concern about how they could afford them and the impact on Title IX compliance. Arriving soon is new money from the college football playoff that will be worth about $470 million a year. Back in 2007-08, Texas, Ohio State and Florida were the only athletics departments that exceeded $100 million in revenue. Five years later, there were 11 schools once Alabama, Michigan, LSU, Penn State, Oklahoma, Auburn, Tennessee and Wisconsin joined the $100 million club. Auburn had more revenue than Alabama in 2007-08, which marked Nick Saban's first season as the Crimson Tide's football coach. Alabama's revenue increased by 40 percent over the next five years compared to a 19-percent increase for Auburn.
Massington is recovering from an ACL injury he suffered over the summer and decided to end his commitment to the Trojans after they denied his request to enroll in school in January. Massington said he wants to enroll early so he can work with a professional training staff during the remainder of his recovery. "It has to be midyear, because I want to go somewhere to finish taking care of my knee," Massington said. "I’m running and cutting and stuff, but I’m taking it slow until I get to a school with professional doctors and trainers."