The (11) Dayton Flyers beat the (10) Stanford Cardinal, 82-72, tonight in the Sweet 16 in the South Region of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, to advance to their first Elite 8 since 1984.
For the first 10 minutes of the first half, the two teams traded baskets, neither side able to put much distance between the other. With 9:52 remaining before halftime, Stanford led 19-18. The Flyers would close the first half on a 24-13 run to take a ten point lead, 42-32, into halftime.
Stanford narrowed the deficit to 4 points on two made free throws by Stefan Nastic with 14:37 remaining in the game, but Dayton responded with a 10-3 run to push their lead back to double digits. Stanford would get no closer than 7 points the rest of the way.
Four Flyers scored in double figures, led by Jordan Sibert’s 18 points. Devin Oliver and Matt Kavanaugh added 12 and 10 points, respectively, while Kendall Pollard chipped in 12 points off the bench.
Chasson Randle led all scorers with 21 points for Stanford. And, although Stanford had 4 double digit scorers themselves, the real difference of the game was bench scoring. Dayton’s bench outscored Stanford’s 34-2. The Flyers await the winner of (1) Florida/(4) UCLA in Saturday’s Elite 8 matchup.