Wearing a Toronto Blue Jays hat and a Dayton True Team T-shirt, Devin Oliver delivered a video message to the Flyer Faithful and his former team before a 63-60 victory over Richmond on Saturday at UD Arena.
Oliver, a senior captain for the Elite Eight team a year ago, is averaging 11.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game with Limburg United in Belgium. He taped the message in Belgium and said he wouldn’t be able to attend any UD games this season.
“It’s really different being away from a place that took me in and embraced me like you all did, but it’s still a good experience,” said Oliver, addressing the Dayton fans. “I learned a lot about myself as a basketball player and even more importantly as a man. It just sucks not being able to play in front of 13,000 every night.
“The season for my team is going really well, as well as UD’s. I’m really proud of what my former teammates have done thus far. I keep up with them as much as I can. It looks like some of my skills did wear off on them. Seriously, Archie and his staff have done an incredible job with some pretty difficult circumstances.”
Star of the game: Just like he said he would, Dyshawn Pierre bounced back from a frustrating night. He scored five points on 2-of-10 shooting Tuesday at Davidson and scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting Saturday.
“He was terrific,” Dayton coach Archie Miller said. “I talked to Dyshawn early Wednesday morning for 30 minutes, and I could tell he was going to play well. He was really disappointed in his play at Davidson.
“For the first time probably in his career, I didn’t really have to prod him to get ready to go. He didn’t need to be told what to do. He was very anxious to get to the game. He worked really hard this week. I’m really proud of him. He had a great comeback game.”
Stat of the game: Dayton guard Kyle Davis played 39 minutes and helped shut down Richmond’s leading scorer, guard Kendall Anthony.
Anthony had scored in double figures in eight straight games and scored 20 and 25 in Richmond’s last two games. He had nine points on 2-of-5 shooting against the Flyers. He made 5 of 6 free throws.
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