All season, Dayton Flyers forward Ryan Mikesell has stood out from his teammates in one stat: the plus-minus number.
While Mikesell doesn’t lead the team in scoring, rebounding or assists, he has been more than twice as good as some of the other starters in terms of how much Dayton outscores its opponents when he’s on the floor.
Mikesell’s plus-minus stood at plus 13.45 points per game per 40 minutes before an 89-86 double-overtime victory Saturday against St. Bonaventure at the Reilly Center. No other starter was better than plus 7.0.
In short, Mikesell does a lot of things that don’t end up in the box score, though ironically, his plus-minus was minus-1 Saturday when he scored a team-high 21 points against the Bonnies. The stat doesn’t always paint a perfect picture, but it does say a lot about Mikesell.
“I’m a big believer and big proponent of guys who are able to affect winning with stuff that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. “As a coach, you love guys like that, and Ryan’s one of those guys — whether it’s his ability to pass or his ability to be a ball-handler who can break pressure for you, or his ability to make a shot (and) defensively, his awareness. Trey (Landers) is like that. His value doesn’t always show up on a stat sheet. Those are guys that make winning plays for you, and we’re fortunate. I think we’ve got that in Ryan. I think we’ve got that in Trey. And I think we’re developing that across the board.”
“I thought we fought,” St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt told the Olean Times-Herald. “We had our chances to win the game, but we didn’t make enough plays. We did enough to put it into overtime. We couldn’t make enough plays.”
Virginia Commonwealth (13-5, 4-1) followed its victory against Dayton on Wednesday with a 68-50 victory against Massachusetts (7-11, 0-5). The Minutemen are tied with Fordham (9-9, 0-5) for last place.