LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -- Keith Waleskowski had 17 points and 13
rebounds and Dayton dominated inside in an 82-63 victory over
Central Michigan on Monday in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui
In its last appearance in this tournament in 2000, Dayton beat
Connecticut in the first round, lost to Arizona in the semifinals
and defeated Maryland in the third-place game.
Kevin Nelson had 17 points for the Chippewas (0-1), who sorely
missed 7-footer Chris Kaman who left after his junior season for
the NBA draft.
All five Dayton starters scored in double figures and the Flyers
finished with a 43-31 rebound advantage and blocked seven shots.
Dayton used a 15-0 run to take a 24-8 lead midway through the
first half. Central Michigan, which didn't score for 7½ minutes as
the Flyers took control, trailed 35-23 at halftime.
Nelson and Robert Sevalia combined for five 3-pointers when the
Chippewas made a run to get to 55-49 with 10:04 to play. But Dayton
established its inside game again and went on a 13-3 run to go up
68-52 with 6:07 left.
Monty Scott's 3-pointer with 2:52 left gave the Flyers their
biggest lead of the game, 76-54.
Sean Finn and Mark Jones each had 13 points for Dayton, which
shot 27-for-54 from the field, while Scott and Ramod Marshall each
added 11. The Flyers were 20-for-25 from the free-throw line, while
the Chippewas were 7-for-8.
Sevalia finished with 10 points for Central Michigan, which shot
34 percent overall (23-for-66), including 10-for-29 from 3-point