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Dayton tops Stanford, 82-72, in Sweet 16

Dayton Advances To Elite 8

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Like a red and blue blur, the Dayton Flyers were pressing and passing, shooting and scoring. The waves never seemed to stop coming, with 10, 11 and then 12 players giving them quality minutes.

An exhausted and foul-plagued Stanford simply couldn't keep up.

The underdog Flyers - an 11 seed in this South Region - are now in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1984 after an emphatic 82-72 victory over Stanford on Thursday night.

"We had 11 guys score in the game and from top to bottom, we kept coming and coming," Dayton coach Archie Miller said. "The way they shared the ball and moved the ball ... it was a true team effort. It's nice that on the biggest stage, we acted like ourselves."

Jordan Sibert scored 18 points and freshman Kendall Pollard added a season-high 12, as Dayton (26-10) made sure this one wasn't particularly close after slipping by in the first two rounds. The 6-foot-4 Sibert was spectacular, slashing to the basket and draining 3-pointers, to help the Flyers lead for almost the entire night.

Dayton showed its depth early, using a dozen players in the first half to wear down Stanford.

"They were relentless," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "That's the best way I can put it."

No. 10 Stanford (23-13) had the superior post play, but it wasn't enough. Chasson Randle led the Cardinal with 21 points, but shot 5 of 21 from the field. Dwight Powell added 17 and Stefan Nastic - who fouled out with more than five minutes left - had 15.

Dayton, the last remaining of the six Atlantic 10 teams in the field of 68, plays the winner of UCLA-Florida on Saturday for a trip to the Final Four.

Sibert finished 7 of 12 from the field, including 4 of 9 from 3-point range. He had plenty of help, including from Pollard, a 6-foot-6 guard who continually got to the basket and helped the Flyers stretch their lead in the first half.

"People have been doubting us and not giving us a lot of credit," Sibert said. "I know these guys. I know what coach wants. We all want to win. At the end of the day we all want to be considered winners."

Pollard was averaging two points per game, but Miller didn't hesitate to give him big minutes once he got hot.

"This guy's a big-time winner," Miller said. "He's not afraid of anything."

Devin Oliver scored 12 points and Matt Kavanaugh added 10. Dayton's bench had a 34-2 scoring advantage over Stanford.

The Flyers were good in just about every facet, shooting 48.3 percent (28 of 58) and dishing 19 assists on 28 field goals.

They made just about everything they threw at the basket early. Scoochie Smith's corner 3-pointer put the Flyers ahead 15-13 early and Stanford's Powell - who averages nearly 14 points per game - was quickly banished to the bench with two fouls.

Foul trouble was an early theme, and a much bigger problem for Stanford.

The Cardinal rely on a six-man rotation. When the Flyers would lose a man to foul trouble, they simply replaced him with someone who was just as capable.

Things went from bad to worse for Stanford late in the first half. The Cardinal fell behind by double-digits and Dawkins was called for a technical foul. Dawkins said it was the right call.

"I was just more or less trying to get my team going," Dawkins said. "I thought we were losing momentum, we had already burned a timeout and it was a situation where I wanted to get our guys fired up."

It didn't work.

Sibert nailed a 3-pointer from the corner to give Dayton a 42-29 lead, though the Flyers had to settle for a 42-32 halftime advantage.

Stanford made a comeback early in the second half - as famous Cardinal supporters Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice looked on - thanks to strong post play.

But the Cardinal simply couldn't stay out of foul trouble. Nastic - who was leading Stanford with 13 points at the time - picked up his fourth foul with more than 13 minutes remaining and fouled out with more than five minutes left.

Stanford managed to pull within 64-58 after Powell made the bucket and free throw after being fouled, but the Cardinal couldn't get any closer. The Flyers simply kept sending waves at the Cardinal, scoring from inside and out in the final minutes.

Both teams had made impressive runs to make it to this point. Dayton had knocked off in-state rival Ohio State and Syracuse while Stanford has dispatched higher-seeds New Mexico and Kansas.

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edgewise81 March 28 2014 at 2:12 AM

Congratulations to Dayton for an awesome win and also congratulations to former longtime Duke assistant coach Johnny Dawkins for a successful first NCAA outing as Stanford's head coach.

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mike March 28 2014 at 8:24 AM

go flyers

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kenneth March 28 2014 at 8:40 AM

Basketball was designed to be a no-contact sport. Over the years, however, more and more contact has been allowed, especially at the professional level. This is the result of the fans' not liking the parade to the free-throw line and foul shot after foul shot. Now, it is up to the coaches and players to gauge how tightly the game is going to be called and make the proper adjustments. The referees, for their part, can only try to be consistent--if they allow pushing and shoving early they should allow same late in the game.

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Eric Kern March 28 2014 at 8:22 AM

Go Flyers!!!

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pkscout1 March 28 2014 at 8:16 AM

I'm keeping the slipper dusted! Go Flyers!

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gamay9 pkscout1 March 28 2014 at 11:43 AM

If they don't win the Big Dance, at least they can brag about the most posts on this site. They are nuts about their team. I am disappointed, however, that so few in Anaheim fans attended the Baylor/Wisconsin 'duel.' They must have anticipated a blowout and they got it right. They were likely drinking and eating, awaiting the late game. Most of the fans in the early Anaheim game were from Wisconsin, few from Texas.

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bbaldybkw March 28 2014 at 8:08 AM

I'm so proud of Dayton. They deserve to be in the Elite 8. They have worked hard!! So glad my daughter is having the chance to experience March Madness at its finest at THE University of Dayton. GOOOOOO DAYTON FLYERS!!!

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ghhs58 March 28 2014 at 9:26 AM

An 11th seed has gone to the Final Four onl y 3 times in the past.( Virginia CommonWealth , George Mason and LS U. ) Can the Dayton Flyers get by Billy Donovan and the Florida boys?

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gamay9 ghhs58 March 28 2014 at 11:32 AM

Anyone can do anything in this tournament. I'm hoping for Dayton/Wisconsin or Virginia/Wisconsin because Tony Bennett is from Wisconsin, I am also and I met my wife in Dayton.

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rhummelginger March 28 2014 at 7:39 AM

How did a team from Ohio and Calf . get in the SOUTH region of the tournment . The last I noticed Ohio is in the north and Calf is in the west . Isn't it ?

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gamay9 rhummelginger March 28 2014 at 11:45 AM

Bracketology is not based upon geography. Wisconsin, for example, is a Great Lakes or North Central team and is playing in the West bracket even though a #2 seed. Michigan is also in the West region.

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gamay9 gamay9 March 28 2014 at 12:16 PM

Replying to my own post, I apologize; Michigan is in the Midwest region.

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klakustas March 28 2014 at 8:38 AM

As a UD grad I am so very proud of the Dayton Flyers. Yes it's been 30 years but that is sometimes because they deserved to be in the tourney and were passed over. There were many years where their RPI and wins were better than many teams in the dance, but Dayton didn't have the big time money and support so lesser teams were taken. This should prove all those NCAA in the committee how wrong they where. Several years ago they swept the NIT. Had they been in the tourney you would have seen just what you are seeing now. GO DAYTON FLYERS.

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fcellura March 28 2014 at 9:32 AM

Fly, Dayton, Fly

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