John­son, UD cruise to 15-point vic­tory

Dayton Daily News - - SPORTS - By Doug Har­ris Staff Writer

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@Day­tonDai­

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