Dayton beats George Mason, 84-67
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Devin Oliver leads Dayton in nearly every statistical category. The senior forward provided much less than usual Wednesday night at George Mason, but it mattered little as the Flyers demonstrated their extraordinary depth.
Rotating 11 players, Dayton got 19 points from Ohio State transfer Jordan Sibert and 16 off the bench from Vee Sanford as Dayton dominated George Mason 84-67, extending the Patriots misery in their first season in the Atlantic 10.
Sibert hit 8 of 11 from the floor to lead Dayton (15-8, 3-5), which made 55 percent (28 of 51) of its field goal tries and held George Mason to 40-percent shooting.
"When guys ran him off the line, he was very comfortable putting it down and either getting to the rim or taking a one-dribble pull-up," Dayton coach Archie Miller said of Sibert. "Very good to see him be as efficient as he was tonight in 26 minutes."
It was the kind of game Dayton has come to expect from the 6-foot-7 Oliver, who is one of just five Division I players who leads his team in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. Oliver had a quiet night, however, scoring seven points and grabbing three rebounds, but the Flyers had plenty in reserve.
"As long as we get the win, that's the most important thing," Oliver said.
It was the ninth straight loss for the Patriots (7-15, 0-8), their longest streak since dropping 11 straight in 1994-95 under coach Paul Westhead.
The score was tied at 19 in the first half, but in a span of 14 minutes, 16 seconds - which would bridge the halves - Dayton held George Mason to one field goal and outscored the Patriots 30-6.
Sibert gave Dayton the lead for good midway through the first half when he hit one of his three 3-pointers. Freshman guard Scoochie Smith added a 3-pointer and Dyshawn Pierre contributed a spectacular baseline drive and dunk as the Flyers took a 40-25 halftime lead.
At the start of the second half, Dayton scored seven-straight points, including four by Oliver, to extend its lead, which eventually reached 27 points.
Matt Kavanaugh made 4-of-5 shots from the floor and finished with 14 points for Dayton, which improved to 10-0 this season when scoring 80 or more points.
Sherrod Wright scored a team high 18 points and backcourt mate Bryon Allen added 16 for the Patriots. George Mason had few answers for another confounding performance from a team which returned six of its top seven scorers and added a pair of talented freshmen who have been in the starting lineup since November.
The Patriots showed little of the offensive efficiency they demonstrated in an overtime loss Saturday at conference leader Saint Louis.
"It's hard to explain. We play a team that's maybe the No. 1 defensive team in the country and shoot over 55 percent from the floor and score over 80 points," George Mason coach Paul Hewitt said. "Then today we just didn't have it at all."