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Golden Hurricane Advances To Second Round With 84-71 Win Over Dayton

Dante Swanson drives around Dayton's Mark Jones in the first half.
Dante Swanson drives around Dayton's Mark Jones in the first half.
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March 20, 2003

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AP Sports Writer

SPOKANE, Wash. - Jason Parker, Kevin Johnson and Dante Swanson shot the Dayton Flyers right out of the NCAA tournament.

Parker scored 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting, Swanson was 8-of-15 for 24 points and Johnson added 16 points on a 7-of-10 effort as 13th-seeded Tulsa surprised No. 4 Dayton 84-71 Thursday night.

The Golden Hurricane (23-9), who have won eight straight games, will play Wisconsin (23-7) in the second round of the Midwest Regional on Saturday. The Badgers advanced with an 81-74 win over Weber State.

Keith Waleskowski had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Dayton (24-6), which earned the No. 4 seed after winning the Atlantic 10 tournament on its homecourt last weekend. Ramod Marshall scored 21 and Sean Finn had 12.

The Flyers came back from an 18-point deficit by tightening their defense late in the first half and early in the second. Tulsa went scoreless for 3:29 midway through the second half, and Dayton's 9-3 burst made it a game again.

Nate Green's two free throws with 11:33 to play pulled the Flyers to 57-53, and it was 66-62 with 6:44 remaining when Marshall sliced down the lane and scored.

It helped Dayton's comeback that the Hurricane didn't shoot a single free throw until there was 6:09 remaining. The Flyers kept coming, tying it at 67 when Brooks Hall came off a screen and swished a 3-pointer with 5:15 to go.

The Flyers had a disputed call go against them with 2:04 to play. Finn slammed home a miss by Hall, but the basket was ruled offensive interference. Television replays seemed to show Finn's hand wasn't over the cylinder.



Kevin Johnson tries to block a shot by Dayton's Nate Green in the first half.

With the score tied at 69, Swanson completed a three-point play to re-establish control for Tulsa. Neither team could seize control, though, until the Hurricane closed with a 12-2 run.

Tulsa shot 57 percent (33-of-57), bolstered by a torrid first half in which the Hurricane made 11 straight baskets at one point. Johnson scored with 8:56 left before halftime, giving Tulsa a 32-14 lead.

Tulsa won the WAC tournament for the first time in seven years of conference membership and came into the NCAAs on a streak. After going 11-7 through January, the Golden Hurricane won 11 of 13.

Dayton, arguably one of the most balanced teams in the NCAA tournament, earned a No. 4 seed with a strong season. The Flyers had won 20 of 23 games and six in a row, aided by a 17-1 homecourt record and the title from the A-10 tournament last weekend.

But some questioned how the Flyers would perform away from UD Arena, and they seemed out of their comfort zone for much of the night. Dayton finished 7-5 away from home this season.

The Flyers shot 36 percent in the first half and, despite closing the opening 20 minutes with a 15-9 run, never recovered.