Dayton uses late comeback to upend Boise State in First Four


Dayton came up huge late, going on a 15-5 run in the final six minutes to upend Boise State at UD Arena 56-55 in the First Four finale.

Jordan Sibert knocked down a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left to give Flyers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, their first since the 12:46 mark in the second half.

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The Flyers move to 17-0 this season at UD Arena, and will move on to face the No. 6 seed in the East Providence on Friday night.

The first 10 minutes or so were quite back-and-forth, but then Boise State went on what has become one of their patented runs this season. After Sibert picked up his third foul with 7:34 left in the first half, Derrick Marks led the way for Boise to go on a 19-4 run to give the Broncos a 12-point cushion, scoring nine points himself. Marks overall was Boise’s best player on the night, dropping 23 points. He and fellow guard Montigo Alford were the only Broncos in double figures.

Dayton just continued to chip away at the Boise lead throughout the next eight minutes, eventually taking a 37-36 before Marks began to take over a bit again, making a quick layup and a beautiful 10-foot turnaround jumper to push the lead back out to five. Then five minutes later he made a 3-pointer to push the lead all the way out to nine with six minutes to go before Dayton went on their end game run that was punctuated by Sibert’s game-winner. During this time, the Flyers particularly did a great job of attacking the rim and getting the ball inside to guys like Dyshawn Pierre, who finished with nine points, and Kendall Pollard, who had a Dayton-high 17.

The Flyers will now move on to face Providence in the Round of 64, which will be a fascinating matchup. Archie Miller’s Flyers run a defense with pack-line principles, meaning they will try to wall off the paint from star point guard Kris Dunn’s slashes. Plus, they’ll likely have a home-court advantage against the Friars because the game will be played in Columbus. This will likely be one of the closest games of the Round of 64, and will be a fascinating watch.

Jordan Sibert hit the game-winner tonight for Dayton. (USATSI)
Jordan Sibert hit the game-winner tonight for Dayton. (USATSI)


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