Crutcher, Davis are car­ry­ing load

In­creased play­ing time has yet to slow fresh­man guards.

Dayton Daily News - - SPORTS - By David Jablonski Staff Writer

Fresh­man guards Jalen Crutcher and Jor­dan Davis keep giv­ing Day­ton Fly­ers fans rea­sons to hope this sea­son will stand out de­spite the pro­gram hav­ing a rare down year. It’s hard to imag­ine Day­ton hov­er­ing around .500 next year if the duo con­tin­ues to im­prove.

Crutcher, the first re­cruit signed by An­thony Grant and his staff, and Davis, the first Archie Miller re­cruit to say he would stick with the Fly­ers af­ter the hir­ing of Grant, played some of their best basketball Satur­day in an 88-84 over­time loss at Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth.

Crutcher had 21 points, eight as­sists and seven re­bounds. He’s a triple-dou­ble wait­ing to hap­pen.

Davis had 19 points, four re­bounds and four as­sists.

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They may have been fa­tigued in the fi­nal min­utes (com­bin­ing to play all but four min­utes in the game) but didn’t show it, lead­ing the Fly­ers back from a 17-point deficit to force over­time.

The con­di­tion­ing level of the fresh­men has pleased Grant.

“We’ve talked about this be­fore, the fresh­man wall that some guys hit,” the Day­ton coach said Mon­day on WHIO’s An­thony Grant Show. “I think if our guys hit it, they ac­tu­ally hit it early, to be hon­est, right around fi­nal exam, Christ­mas break time. I saw we just didn’t have it at that time.”

Their min­utes have con­tin­ued to in­crease as Grant leans on the start­ing five.

In 12 A-10 games, Crutcher has av­er­aged 35.4 min­utes. Davis has av­er­aged 29.8.

That num­ber would be higher if not for play­ing 10 min­utes at Rich­mond. Fans won­dered why he didn’t play more in that game. That’s not a ques­tion any­more. Davis has rarely left the court in re­cent weeks.

Grant has seen the stamina of Davis and Crut c her im­prove since the start of the sec­ond se­mes­ter in Jan­uary.

“I don’t re­ally see any is­sues at this point with their per­for­mance and they’re ob­vi­ously play­ing re­ally heavy min­utes,” Grant said. “They’ve been able to come back the next day in practice and be ready to go and be fully en­gaged.

“They seem to be do­ing well. Any­more nowa­days, for these kids, once their high school sea­son is over, they im­me­di­ately go into AAU. Maybe there’s a week in be­tween, but they’re al­ways play­ing ball. It’s a year-round sport.”

DAVID JABLONSKI / STAFF

Day­ton coach An­thony Grant, talk­ing to Jor­dan Davis, says the fresh­man guard’s con­di­tion­ing has im­proved as the sea­son has pro­gressed. Davis has av­er­aged 29.8 min­utes in 12 At­lantic 10 games.

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