Freshmen Dyshawn Pierre and Jalen Robinson scored 20 of Dayton’s first 33 points Friday. They combined for 38 points in an 87-71 victory over Boston College in the consolation round of the Charleston Classic.
That’s a good sign for coach Archie Miller, whose team improved to 2-1.
“Our freshman class is really important to our success,” Miller said.
Freshman Khari Price also played double-figure minutes. He had 2 assists and 0 points in 24 minutes. The fourth freshman, Devon Scott, didn’t play after seeing action in the first two games.
“I’ve been trying to find lineups that work,” Miller said. “Tonight, before we knew it, we had chemistry going. I wasn’t going to mess with that. It doesn’t mean Dyshawn isn’t going to struggle here in two days and Devon Scott’s not going to get in and help us win the game. That’s really important for everyone to understand. Everyone’s time comes in different stages.”
Oliver stars: Although he was overshadowed by Pierre’s great night (23 points on 8-of-8 shooting), junior forward Devin Oliver was just as valuable. He scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting and tied Vee Sanford for the team lead with 8 rebounds.
Oliver also helped guard Boston College’s best player, forward Ryan Anderson. After scoring 29 and 25 points in his first two games this season, Anderson had 14 against the Flyers.
“Tonight you watched him guard one of the best players in the country,” Miller said, “and he really did a nice job. He was rock solid.”
Saturday plans: The Flyers will practice at 2 p.m. today at TD Arena. They will play Auburn or College of Charleston at 2 p.m. Sunday.
After two straight games, coaches will stay away from players, Miller said, and players will stay away from coaches — outside of practice at least.
“It’s a long season,” he said. “These guys have to get off their feet No. 1. We have to get regrouped. … These tournaments are grueling. There isn’t a lot of rest time. Thankfully the day off is coming so our guys can take a deep breath.”
BC coach on the Flyers: Boston College fell to 1-2 this season by losing to Dayton in the first meeting between the programs. The Eagles opened the tournament with an 84-74 loss to No. 16 Baylor on Thursday.
Boston College shot 59 percent in the second half, but it couldn’t keep up with the Flyers, who shot 78 percent in the half (18-of-23). Dayton set a Charleston Classic record for field-goal percentage (61.8), breaking the mark set by St. John’s (59.2) in 2011.
“Dayton reacted to their loss (Thursday) and unfortunately taught us a really hard lesson,” BC coach Steve Donahue said. “Hopefully, it’s a lesson we learn from. Give Dayton a lot of credit. They played extremely hard, very unselfish, and really had a purpose on both sides of the ball.”
Second-half defense: Maybe the only negative from Friday’s win was Dayton’s defense in the second half.
“I think some of it was fatigue,” Miller said. “We gave in again in the second half for whatever reason. We continue to let teams score some of the easiest baskets you’ll see all season. We have to correct that.”
Back in Charleston: This is Dayton’s second visit to Charleston in three years. The Flyers lost to the College of Charleston at TD Arena 94-84 in the first round of the NIT in 2011. Two current players, Josh Benson and Oliver, played in that game.
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