Maui Invitational history: Dayton Flyers recorded two upsets in 2000

Dayton's Nate Green, right, is defended by Maryland's Juan Dixon after grabbing a rebound in the lane during the first half of the consolation game for third place in the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Dayton's Nate Green, right, is defended by Maryland's Juan Dixon after grabbing a rebound in the lane during the first half of the consolation game for third place in the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Credit: MICHAEL CONROY

Credit: MICHAEL CONROY

Flyers beat Connecticut and Maryland in the tournament 19 years ago

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a three-part series of stories looking back at the Dayton Flyers’ previous appearances in the Maui Invitational. UD returns to the event Monday with a first-round game against Georgia.

Nineteen years ago, the Dayton Flyers made their first appearance in the Maui Invitational and started a tradition of success that carried over to return trips to the tournament in 2003 and 2013.

» LOOKING BACK: Dayton recorded two upsets in 2000 tournament

The Flyers return to the Maui Invitational this month, opening with a first-round game against Georgia at 2:30 p.m. Monday (9:30 a.m. Maui time). Here’s a review of the team’s performance in 2000:

Setting the scene: The Flyers, coming off their first NCAA tournament appearance in 10 years, opened Oliver Purnell's seventh season as head coach in Maui.

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Biggest victory: Dayton beat No. 6 Maryland 77-71 in the third-place game. Senior guard Tony Stanley, who was playing less than 24 hours after the death of his mom, scored 21 points.

"Tony played with a heavy heart," Purnell said. "I don't know how he did it. I really don't."

Toughest loss: After opening the tournament with an 80-66 upset of No. 12 Connecticut, Dayton fell 76-59 to No. 1 Arizona, a team that would go on to lose to Duke 82-72 in the national championship game.

Keith Waleskowski led Dayton with 10 points and nine rebounds. Stanley was sick and threw up before the game and at halftime.

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"We played a very good team," UD coach Oliver Purnell said. "We didn't play as well as we did last night. They got too many transition baskets and offensive rebounds in the first half that gave them a working margin. We gave them easy baskets. They don't need to get easy baskets. When they get easy baskets, they're hard to beat. You've got to make them earn everything. I thought we were going tit for tat until we started to turn it over in the first half. We didn't played as poised as we needed to when we got down nine or 10, and we were playing a good team. They make you pay for it."

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Coach's summary: "I feel good," Purnell said. "It was a good tournament for us. I've said all along this is a great tournament for our program. And then to come in and beat two ranked opponents and give our young guys a chance to play under this kind of pressure, I thought was great. It's quite an accomplishment to come out of here 2-1."

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What it meant: The third-place finished vaulted Dayton to No. 24 in the Associated Press poll — it was its first ranking in 26 years — but it was a short-lived stay in the top 25. Dayton lost its next two games to Cincinnati and Marshall after returning from Maui. The Flyers finished 21-13 and reached the quarterfinals of the NIT.