Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Dayton basketball preview

Dayton looks for next Stanley

The Associated Press

Date Opponent Time
Sun, 18 Toledo 2:00pm
Wed, 21 Central Mich 7:30pm
Sat, 24 at Villanova 8:00pm
Wed, 28 at Cincinnati 8:05pm
Sat, 1 Morehead St 7:30pm
Wed, 5 at Marquette 9:00pm
Sat, 8 Eastern Ky 12:00pm
Sat, 15 at Purdue 7:30pm
Tue, 18 Austin Peay 8:00pm
Sat, 22 St Louis 8:00pm
Sat, 29 Miami Ohio 8:00pm
Sat, 5 Xavier 12:00pm
Wed, 9 Geo Washington 7:30pm
Sat, 12 at Duquesne 7:05pm
Sat, 19 Richmond 8:00pm
Wed, 23 at Lasalle 7:00pm
Sat, 26 at Xavier 2:00pm
Tue, 29 at Massachusetts 7:30pm
Sun, 3 St Bonaventure 2:00pm
Wed, 6 at Fordham 7:00pm
Sun, 10 at Richmond 2:00pm
Wed, 13 Duquesne 7:30pm
Sat, 16 Rhode Island 8:00pm
Thu, 21 at Geo Washington 7:30pm
Sat, 23 at St Josephs 2:00pm
Wed, 27 Temple 8:00pm
Sat, 2 Lasalle 4:00pm
        DAYTON - Dayton has some big shoes to fill this season with the loss of scoring leader Tony Stanley. But the Flyers have at least three different pairs of feet that might be able to do it.

     Coach Oliver Purnell said the team will miss Stanley's 15.9 points-per-game average and his rebounding. Now is the time, he said, for several players to step into the breech.

     At the top of the list is sophomore Ramod Marshall, a silky, slashing left-handed guard who can handle the ball and hit the 3-pointer. Marshall, who averaged 8.6 points a game last season, has pledged to become more aggressive at both ends of the floor.

     Purnell said he would like to see more scoring out of Marshall.

     ''Ramod was our best all-around guard down the stretch last season,'' Purnell said. ''He's someone we're certainly going to count on.''

     Junior forward Brooks Hall has recovered from a stress fracture of his leg that kept him out of four games last season. The 6-foot-6 Hall averaged 8.8 points and 4.6 rebounds.

     The third potential heir apparent to Stanley is Mark Jones, a freshman point guard who is not shy when it comes to shooting.

     During his first appearance as a Flyer, Jones scored 12 points in 21 minutes to help Dayton defeat the Premier All-Stars 95-69 in an exhibition game Nov. 6. He also had six assists.

     ''He's a guy who looks to get his teammates involved first and run the ball club. Yet he has the ability to put points on the board,'' Purnell said. ''So far, he's done a nice job.''

     Dayton also has a solid core of veterans led by senior point guard David Morris and forwards Yuanta Holland and Nate Green.

     Sophomore centers Keith Waleskowski and 6-foot-11 Sean Finn guarantee that the Flyers will get their share of rebounds. And small forward D.J. Stelly, a junior-college transfer from Aurora, Colo., has been thrown into the mix.

     Purnell said this year's team may play more zone, step up defensive pressure and try to run more.

     Dayton plays perennial heavyweights Cincinnati, Xavier and Purdue. But the success of the season may hinge on a week in February. Dayton travels to No. 10 Saint Joseph on Feb. 23 and returns home to play No. 16 Temple four days later.


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