Flyers, fans enjoy dunk fest
Charles Little took a high lob on an out-of-bounds play and threw down a dunk. The Dayton senior forward then stepped in for a steal and raced to a reverse jam, after which he pumped his palms skyward to give the crowd the raise-the-roof signal.
And on the next time down the floor, Little took another high pass, caught it with one hand and tomahawked it in, after which he gave an exaggerated salute.
After having to grind away for much of their success this season, the 6-foot-6 forward and his teammates were able to have some fun against lowly North Carolina-Greensboro, and the 12,706 fans ate it up.
The Flyers had a school-record nine dunks — including four by Little — on their way to a 75-44 victory Saturday night, Dec. 20.
”I liked the first one (best),” said Little, who had a game-high 15 points. “The other two were OK. That’s where the ball was, and I had to go get it.”
Chris Johnson (12 points) and Marcus Johnson (10) had two dunks each, and Chris Wright had one. The previous record for dunks was eight against Toledo last season.
Asked which of Little’s jams he liked most, UD coach Brian Gregory said: “The second lob that Charles got, I thought that wasn’t going to be able to be completed. It looked like the ball was sailing out of bounds. All those plays came on hustle plays at the other end. Where you guys love the dunks, I love the plays that led to the dunk.”
The Flyers (10-1) played suffocating defense on the overmatched Spartans (1-8), who tied the game at 7-all with 13:43 to go in the first half but scored just two points over the next 14 possessions and eight the rest of the half. UD took a 37-15 lead into the locker room.
Star of the game
Little was 6-for-6 from the field and 3-for-4 from the foul line.
Stat of the game
The Flyers dogged the Spartans into 28.9-percent shooting from the field, the 10th foe in 11 games to fail to reach 40 percent from the field.
”I haven’t seen Charles that excited and have that many dunks since my freshman year,” junior guard Marcus Johnson said.