Friday, March 19, 2004

Blue Demons oust Flyers in double OT

12-of-23 shooting from line dooms
Dayton to 4th straight NCAA loss

The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Drake Diener scored 10 of his career-high 28 points in the second overtime, propelling DePaul to the NCAA Tournament's second round for the first time 15 years.

Delonte Holland added 13 points and 14 rebounds in sparking the Blue Demons' 76-69 victory over Dayton Thursday night.

The seventh-seeded Blue Demons (22-9) advanced to play second-seeded Connecticut on Saturday in the Phoenix Regional. The game will pit DePaul coach Dave Leitao against former mentor Jim Calhoun, whom he played for at Northeastern and served as an assistant for the Huskies.

DePaul ended a four-game NCAA Tournament losing streak, winning for the first time since beating Memphis State 66-63 in 1989.

Diener put DePaul ahead for good when he hit two free throws with 2:13 left in the second overtime to give the Blue Demons a 64-63 lead.

After Dayton's Mark Jones hit a running jumper with 33 seconds left to cut the lead to 71-69, Diener sealed the victory by hitting two free throws with 31.4 seconds remaining.

Ramod Marshall led Dayton with 17 points, but the Flyers (24-9) were hurt by their poor performance at the free throw line, where they went 12-for-23.

Dayton lost its fourth straight Tournament game. They haven't won since beating Illinois in 1990.

DAYTON (24-9)-Bennett 1-2 0-0 2, Waleskowski 5-11 6-8 16, Finn 7-15 2-7 16, Marshall 7-24 2-6 17, Jones 3-9 2-2 8, Scott 0-7 0-0 0, Williams 2-6 0-0 6, Kohls 0-0 0-0 0, Iguodala 2-4 0-0 4, Cripe 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-79 12-23 69.

DEPAUL (22-9)-Holland 5-17 3-5 13, Greer 3-15 6-8 12, Brown 3-10 0-10 6, Mejia 3-4 1-3 7, Diener 7-10 10-10 28, Exilus 1-1 3-4 6, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Brumfield 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 24-59 23-40 76.

Halftime-Dayton 25-22. End of regulation-Tied at 55. End of 1st Overtime-Tied at 59. 3-Point Goals-Dayton 3-20 (Williams 2-4, Marshall 1-8, Bennett 0-1, Jones 0-1, Waleskowski 0-2, Scott 0-4), DePaul 5-13 (Diener 4-7, Exilus 1-1, Holland 0-2, Greer 0-3). Fouled out-Waleskowski. Rebounds-Dayton 50 (Waleskowski 16), DePaul 49 (Holland 14). Assists-Dayton 11 (Jones 4), DePaul 13 (Diener 4). Total fouls-Dayton 29, DePaul 19. A-18,698

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