Wednesday, December 06, 2000

Miami braced for visiting Dayton

Coles frets: Flyers are good, and mad

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Miami coach Charlie Coles spent about five minutes enjoying the victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay. Then someone mentioned the upcoming game with Dayton.

        “The Flyers are good — and they're mad,” Coles said.

  • When: 7:08 p.m. today
  • Where: Millett Hall (9,200)
  • Records: MU (3-3), UD (2-3)
  • TV: Channel 12
  • Radio: WCKY-AM (1360), WMOH-AM (1450)

  Doug Davis-6-3-Jr.-7.4
  Alex Shorts-6-8-Jr.-13.0
  Julius Johnson-6-5-Fr.-3.4
  Mike Ensminger-6-6-Sr.-5.2
  Coach: Charlie Coles (fifth year, 80-47; 172-131 overall)

  Tony Stanley-6-4-Sr.-16.8
  David Morris-5-10-Jr.-7.4
  Nate Green-6-6-So.-6.8
  Brooks Hall-6-6-So.-9.0
  Yuanta Holland-6-7-Sr.-14.6
  Coach: Oliver Purnell (seventh year, 91-89, 192-164 overall)
  BY THE NUMBERS • 113: Number of games since Miami held a team to fewer than 42 points, which is what Wisconsin-Green Bay scored on the RedHawks Saturday.
  • 17-for-17: What Doug Davis is from the free throw line this season.
  • 118: Times Miami and Dayton have played. UD leads the series 60-58.
        The Flyers, who broke into the Associated Press Top 25 before losing two straight at home, come to Millett Hall for a 7:08 p.m. game today with Miami.

        The two losses are why Coles says the Flyers are mad. There are many reasons why he says they're good.

        “They've got Tony Stanley and (Yuanta) Holland,” Coles said. “That gives them two real good seniors. You need good seniors to have a good team.

        “They've got a good point guard in David Morris. They're well-balanced. They've got seven guys who can hurt you.”

        Dayton (2-3) has opened the season with as tough a stretch of games as anyone in the country. The Flyers started with four straight games against Top 25 clubs.

        Dayton began the season at the Maui Invitational with a victory over Connecticut (80-66) before falling to then-No.1 Arizona (76-59). Dayton closed tourney play with a victory over Maryland (77-71) before returning home to face No.18 UC.

        Dayton lost to Marshall, the Mid-American Conference favorite, 67-65 the last time out.

        Miami comes into tonight's game after impressive wins over then-No.17 Temple and Wisconsin-Green Bay.

        The RedHawks are riding a 20-game home winning streak against nonconference foes. Miami had a nine-game winning streak against Dayton broken last season. The Flyers won 78-70 — hammering Miami on the boards 46-14.

        “We all remember that,” Coles said.

        Stanley, a 6-foot-4 guard, leads UD in scoring at 16.4 points a game. Holland, a 6-7 forward, is next at 14.6 a game.

        Miami is deeper than Dayton. The Flyers primarily play seven players; the RedHawks go 10 deep.

        Dayton was much more athletic than Miami inside last year. Miami's five new players have evened things up on that count.

        Those new players seem to be jelling with the veterans, although Coles isn't so sure. “I don't know,” he said. “I hope so. We've been playing good teams. When you know you're going to win, you have a chance to watch. You sneak a peak at what's going on. I've been so anxious to win, I haven't had a chance to do that.

        “One of the things we've gotten better at is playing together on offense and defense. We did that against Temple and we did that against Memphis, even though we lost. But other than that, we've been sporadic.”

        Coles continues to toy with his rotation. The two freshmen, Eugene Seals and Julius Johnson, and first-year sophomore Larry Drake have made progress.

        “I tell them, "You're responsible for your playing time,'” Coles said. “I can't understand why guys don't practice more. You have to work on what they're not good at.”


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