And the Flyers got here up with their very own home-grown Frank Merriwell to fill the hero position of the uphill victory within the burly type of Leland Norris. Burr-headed Junior took up the scoring slack attributable to the lack of Don Meineke, who performed solely about seven minutes of the competition, and Junior racked up 24 factors to carry the crumbling Flyers collectively within the first half together with his laborious driving and dead-eye set-shooting.
Nonetheless, it was Meineke, trying pale and ailing from the painful results of his injured shoulder who got here into the sport (for under the second time) with 3:45 left to web three straight baskets and ice the competition for Dayton.
It was the Flyers’ eighth straight victory and their eleventh in 14 begins. The loss broke an eight-game win streak for the visiting Cardinals and is their second defeat in opposition to 13 wins. Villanova is the one different faculty membership to beat Louisville this season.
Don “Monk” Meineke was one of many best basketball gamers in College of Dayton historical past and the NBA’s first rookie of the 12 months. Meineke was the cornerstone for coach Tom Blackburn’s program because it gained nationwide acclaim within the early Fifties. He was a two-time All-American and continues to be the sixth-leading scorer in UD historical past with 1,866 factors.
THE GAME LOOKED as if it’d flip right into a rout through the first half as Louisville led 11-1 earlier than Pete Boyle looped one in again over his head. Vaughn Taylor, who began rather than the ailing Meineke, pivoted in one other bucket however the locals couldn’t rating once more till Taylor tipped in a foul try by Norris with 12:20 left to make the scoreboard learn 15-6.
Junior minimize the Playing cards’ result in seven factors with 10 minutes to go as he linked on an extended set shot however Invoice Sullivan got here again with a layup for the guests to run the depend to 19 to 11. The lack of Chuck Grigsby with an injured knee at this level damage the Flyer offense, however the massive ahead got here again to play within the second half with a protecting knee guard.
Louisville had its largest margin with 3:12 to go earlier than intermission as Sullivan hit on an extended shot to place the rating at 38-19. However six consecutive baskets, two every by Norris and Taylor, and one by Meineke and Gene Hickey introduced Dayton again to a 39-30 deficit at halftime.
TOM BLACKBURN’S BOYS started the lengthy climb again within the second half however not earlier than Bob Lochmueller, who led the Cardinals with 15 factors, pushed in a two-pointer from the sting of the foul circle.
U.D. countered with scores by Boyle, Hickey, Razer, Campbell and Norris to deliver the depend to 46-37 when Dick Robison fouled out with 12:37 to go. His loss was instantly felt as Norris stepped up his point-making with a pair of baskets and three free throws to steer the axe work on the Cardinal lead whereas the beforehand hard-driving guests slowed to a stroll, making solely 8 of 32 field-goal makes an attempt within the second half.
The rating stood at 55 to 54 with 4:52 left as Roy Rubin fouled Norris and the “Spherical Man” proceeded to money in each charity tosses to place the Flyers in entrance for the primary time, 56-55. However Louisville wasn’t by means of but as Bob Brown, who scored all the Cardinals’ remaining factors, hit on a one-hand push shot from far out on the facet to provide the guests a one-point lead, 57-56.
BLACKBURN COUNTERED together with his ace at this level as Meineke changed Grigsby within the pivot. Large Monk did what was anticipated of him as he adopted an extended shot by Brown with a pivot, shot and a brace of layups to run the depend to 64-59 with 1:31 left.
Little Bobby Flynn added two extra on a high quality leap shot as Brown got here again with one among his personal to ship the depend to 66-61 with 50 seconds left.
Either side moved in on one another in makes an attempt to steal the ball and Campbell fouled out with 42 seconds remaining. The guests took the ball out of bounds and when Brown fouled Grigsby with 15 seconds to go, the Flyers declined the free throw to retain possession.
Dayton placed on a freeze within the waning seconds as Norris dribbled forwards and backwards close to mid-court. As time ran out, Junior let one go from the middle line which took one bounce off the board and thru the online for the ultimate two factors.
THE FLYERS MADE 23 pictures out of 65 makes an attempt for a 35.4 common, whereas Louisville, which made 16 out of 31 within the first half for an outstanding 51.6 p.c, dropped off to eight out of 32 for a final half common of 25 p.c and a complete p.c of 38.1.
Meineke made 4 baskets in 5 makes an attempt to up his shot common to a blazing .507 however his 9 counters lowered his points-per-game common to twenty.3. The massive heart now has 284 factors.