Johnson, UD cruise to 15-point victory
DAYTON — Chris Johnson — he of the 43-inch vertical jump — was flying in for a wide-open dunk, and the only matter left to be resolved was what he wanted to do for style points.
He decided to go for a twohanded tomahawk, but he took his eye off the basket and clanged the ball off the rim.
Asked when he last missed a slam, Johnson said: “When I was on the bench, I was thinking about that. I haven’t missed a dunk in a while. But everybody misses dunks. You just have to move on to the next play.
“That’s the thing about basketball. You’ve got to move on to the next possession.”
The University of Dayton junior wing certainly didn’t dwell on his gaffe. He knocked down an outside jumper two possessions later and finished with a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds in a 73-58 victory over
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The Flyers (9-3) led by 12 at halftime and built the margin to 47-31 with 16 minutes to go. After the Eagles (5-6) rallied with a 100 surge to make it 57-49 with 10: 07 to go, the Flyers fired back with a 7-1 run that included a play by senior Chris Wright that belongs in his ever-thickening file of athletic finishes.
He threw a pass to Juwan Staten to start a fastbreak and ended up making a mid-air put-back after Staten’s lay-up was pinned against the glass.
Wright had 10 points and five rebounds, Staten nine points and nine assists and Devin Searcy four points and 10 boards.
“I think we played well for 40 minutes,” UD coach Brian Gregory said. “One stretch in the second half, they made a run, and we responded to that. I think we’re making progress. Obviously, we have a long way to go. But step by step, inch by inch, we’re getting a little bit better.”
The Flyers’ subs out-scored the Eagles’ reserves, 29-6.
“Right from the tip, we said our bench has to out-play theirs,” Gregory said. “When they came in, they needed to increase the intensity and energy level, and I think they did that.
“We had good minutes from a lot of guys. The bench was the key to the win.” Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2125 or dharris@DaytonDailyNews.com.
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