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Midwest Regional
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Dayton’s Devon Scott, left, and Scoochie Smith celebrate after the Flyers’ 82-72 victory over Stanford in a South Regional semifinal game in Memphis, Tenn.
NCAA tournament

Depth keeps Flyers aloft

Wear down Cardinal, earn Elite Eight spot

– Like a red and blue blur, the Dayton Flyers was 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 after 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 relies 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.

Stanford made a comeback early in the second half.

But the Cardinal simply couldn’t stay out of foul trouble.

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