April 8, 2015 |
The national controversy that clouded the run-up to a Final Four that concluded Monday night in Indianapolis wasn't the first collision between basketball and civil-rights politics. In Louisiana in 1956, as in Indiana 59 years later, a four-team basketball tournament involving a favored Kentucky team was engulfed in a political storm, though the divisive issue then was race and not sexual preference. And as in Indiana, where a recent religious-freedom law was widely seen as discriminatory against homosexuals, the Louisiana dispute involved changing cultural mores, a conservative legislature, worried civic and business leaders and, ultimately, government intervention that saved the event.
April 2, 2015 |
IN THE final game of the regular season, in March of 1985, Villanova got pounded at Pittsburgh. It was so bad that coach Rollie Massimino benched his starters for almost the entire second half. Even after winning a game at the Big East Tournament, that Pitt game still lingered. The Wildcats were a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and expectations were low. Then when they saw their first game in the bracket - against Dayton, at Dayton - the expectations were non-existent. But then it began - a last-minute win over Dayton followed by the felling of mighty Michigan, No. 2 in the nation.
March 13, 2015 |
ONE GAME can do a lot to the psyche of a college athlete. At least that's what La Salle is hoping proves true as it begins play in the Atlantic 10 Tournament today at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The ninth-seeded Explorers tip off with No. 8 Massachusetts at noon. And they're hoping the game that preceded it has a lot of affect on today's outcome and beyond. That game, of course, is La Salle's 55-53 victory Saturday over second-seeded Dayton - a team that was just outside the Top 25 last week - on Senior Night at Tom Gola Arena.
March 9, 2015 |
In the four losses leading up to his team's regular-season finale Saturday against Dayton, La Salle coach John Giannini figured he knew what the missing element was. "We've been playing tough but not as tough as some of the people we lost to," Gianni said. "We've got to find the 'er.' We've been tough but we needed to be tough er . We needed to make those extra plays, we needed to consistently defend. Today we were able to do that against a really good team and beat them. " La Salle (16-15, 8-10 A-10)
March 8, 2015 |
When: Saturday at 4 p.m. Where: Tom Gola Arena TV/Radio: CBSSN/ WNTP 990 AM Records: Dayton (23-6, 13-4 A-10); La Salle (15-15, 7-10). Coaches: Dayton, Archie Miller (4th season, 86-44); La Salle, John Giannini (11th season, 173-169). Last meeting: Dayton won, 61-50, at Dayton on Jan. 14. Dayton's top three: Jordan Sibert (16.6 ppg., 3.6 rpg); Dyshawn Pierre (13.3 ppg., 8.1 rpg.); Kendall Pollard (12.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg). La Salle's top three: Jordan Price (17.72ppg., 3.7 rpg., 2.4 apg.)
February 21, 2015 |
DAYTON, Ohio - With 4.5 seconds left and St. Joseph's down by two to Dayton, DeAndre' Bembry had the ball and a chance to tie the game. The Hawks had outshot and outrebounded Dayton all game. They had a chance to end Dayton's 18-game home winning streak and end their own seven-game road losing streak. Instead, Bembry lost the ball, awkwardly dribbling it out of bounds under the basket. The critical turnover abruptly sealed a 68-64 loss Thursday night. "We messed up the last play.
February 20, 2015 |
DAYTON, Ohio - With 4.5 seconds left in last night's game against Dayton and the Hawks down by two, DeAndre' Bembry had the ball and the chance to tie the game. Saint Joseph's had outshot and outrebounded the Flyers all game. The Hawks had a chance to end Dayton's 18-game home win streak and end their own seven-game road losing streak. Instead, Bembry lost the ball, awkwardly dribbling it out of bounds under the basket. The critical turnover abruptly sealed a 68-64 loss. "We messed up the last play.
February 20, 2015 |
When: Thursday, 6 p.m. Where: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio. TV/Radio: ESPNU/WNTP 990-AM. Records: St. Joseph's (11-13, 5-7 Atlantic 10; Dayton (19-5, 9-3). Coaches: St. Joseph's, Phil Martelli (20th season, 373-260); Dayton, Archie Miller (4th season, 82-43). Last time out: St. Joseph's lost at Fordham on Sunday, 69-55. Dayton beat St. Bonaventure at home on Saturday, 75-61. Most recent game in the series: St. Joseph's won 70-67 on March 14, 2014 in the quarterfinals of the A-10 Tournament.
January 20, 2015 |
Eight months ago, the Upper Darby High School Indoor Drumline was on top of the world. When the team came home from a stellar showing in the annual Winter Guard International World Championships in Ohio, police cruisers and fire trucks met the bus carrying 40-plus students and escorted them on the final three miles of their trip to a raucous welcome at the school. This winter, the short-term goal is a little more down to earth: Just to get to Dayton. While Upper Darby's champion "Marching Royals" drill up to 20 hours a week to nail down their colorful, percussion-driven performance, called "Celebration of Life," parents and boosters are stepping up the beat of fund-raising - scrambling to raise the $40,000 the drumline needs for a full season and to compete again in the top division at the worlds.
January 16, 2015 |
DAYTON, Ohio - At the start of the second half Wednesday, La Salle led by two against a Dayton team that hadn't lost at home in 13 games. Five minutes later, the Explorers found themselves in an eight-point hole and on the wrong side of a roaring home crowd. Block. Layup. Block. Layup. Block. Layup. With three straight defensive plays, the Flyers seized the momentum and the Explorers never recovered, falling behind by as many as 15 points before losing, 61-50, at University of Dayton Arena.