8:00 PM ET, December 9, 2003
University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Ramod Marshall made up for a sub-par night with two key 3-point shots.Marshall had just 10 points -- almost seven below his average -- but hit two 3s in the final 1:33 to lead Dayton (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today, No. 25 AP) over Louisiana-Lafayette 66-59 Tuesday night."He made those big shots down the stretch for us," Dayton coach Brian Gregory said.Gregory said that Marshall played too far outside in the first half but that he became a big factor in the second half by pushing the ball up the court and making passes.When Lafayette's Brad Boyd hit a 3-pointer with 2:02 remaining to tie it at 57-all, Marshall answered with a 3-pointer from the baseline to give the Flyers the lead.And after Boyd missed a 3-point attempt from the top of the key, Marshall hit another 3 to seal the victory.Keith Waleskowski scored 18 points, and Sean Finn and Mark Jones added 16 apiece for the Flyers (7-0). Finn also had 11 rebounds for his second career double-double."I thought their transition offense was just excellent," Lafayette coach Jessie Evans said of the Flyers. "Their big guy, Finn, runs the floor really well. And they do a good job of finding him out of transition."Boyd had 20 points for Louisiana-Lafayette (1-2), and Antoine Landry added 19.Dayton, which outrebounded the Ragin' Cajuns 44-28, overcame a nine-point halftime deficit. The Flyers came out strong at the start of the second half, scoring 14 unanswered points to take a 45-40 lead.Boyd hit a 3-pointer at 15:15 to end the drought for the Cajuns."He's a senior, and he's a veteran, and he's been through a lot of battles," Evans said of Boyd. "He's very clever and ran the offense. He didn't force anything, and I like that."But Dayton used its superior height to win the battle of the boards and get high-percentage shots. The Flyers finished by shooting 49 percent from the floor to Lafayette's 35 percent.Gregory said Lafayette worked the clock against the Flyers, made some shots from the outside in the first half and had his team in a panic."We made some adjustments at halftime," Gregory said. "We didn't get the ball inside against the zone. I think we did a better job in the second half. That's the first team that's zoned us all year. After tonight, maybe more teams will."It was Dayton's seventh game and only Lafayette's third, but the Cajuns didn't seem at all rusty despite a two-week layoff.In the first half, Lafayette frustrated Dayton's attempts to get the ball inside to their big men and attacked the Flyers from the perimeter.Landry hit three 3-pointers and had 15 points to pace the Cajuns to a 40-31 halftime lead.