Williams could return for Flyers on Saturday

  • Dave Jablonski
  • Staff Writer
1:22 p.m Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 Sports
Dayton players (left to right) Obadiah Toppin, Xeyrius Williams, Jordan Pierce and Matej Svoboda cheer from the bench during a game against Tennessee Tech on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

The Dayton Flyers need some positive news, and they may get some Saturday.

Junior forward Xeyrius Williams could return to action after missing five games with a back injury. He was cleared for full contact practices earlier this week.

“He’s been able to be in practice the last couple of days,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said Thursday. “Barring any setbacks, we hope to have him available this weekend.”

The Flyers (4-5) play Georgia State (7-3) at 7 p.m. Saturday at UD Arena. The Flyers were 2-2 with Williams in the starting lineup. They have lost three of five games since he was sidelined.

Williams averaged 8.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 34.2 minutes in the first four games. He hasn’t played since a 75-67 loss to Old Dominion in the fifth-place game at the Charleston Classic.

Back spasms first kept Williams from playing against Akron, and in an interview last week, Williams said he has been battling back pain for six years. Williams was cleared for non-contact practices in the days leading up to the Penn game. Grant hopes he remains healthy enough to play Saturday.

“I dont want to get ahead of myself,” Grant said, “because we have some hoops to jump through before we can get to that point, but certainly it’s been good to have him back for the last couple of days in practice. We’ll see how he progresses.”

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