Dayton 80, Alabama 48: Construction zone ahead for Crimson Tide, expect delays

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Nov 17, 2015; Dayton, OH, USA; Dayton Flyers forward Xeryius Williams (20) dunks the ball against Alabama Crimson Tide forward Donta Hall (35) during the second half at University of Dayton Arena. Dayton won 80-48. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 17, 2015; Dayton, OH, USA; Flyers forward Xeryius Williams (20) dunks the ball against forward Donta Hall (35) during the second half at University of Arena. Dayton won 80-48. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-

By Chris DePew
Staff
Nov. 17,

Between 20 turnovers, a meager 29.8 percent shooting effort and being thoroughly outrebounded, everything that could go wrong for did in an 80-48 matinee loss at Dayton.

What did we learn today?: has a long rebuilding project ahead, and there may not be many tangible results on display this season. After going toe to toe with the Flyers early, the lost the lead for good on a 10-0 run midway through the first half and never was a threat the rest of the way as bad decisions piled up on top of each other. Bama’s starters compiled a miserable 19 points, including five combined from the starting frontcourt of Jimmie Taylor and Shannon Hale to go with their seven combined rebounds. With Dayton shutting down penetration, Bama reverted to bad habits and began spraying 3-pointers, making just five of its 20 attempts. Retin Obasohan tried to step up but suffered through an awful 2-for-10 shooting slump. Somewhere in the second half stopped moving and cutting on offense and defensive effort lagged in the closing minutes. All of it added up to Alabama’s biggest blowout loss since 2001.

What were the biggest concerns?: Frontcourt futility. Taylor sat most of the first half with foul trouble and was minimally effective when he did play, in contrast to freshman center Steve McElvene (13 points, 10 rebounds). It’s still the first week of the season, but it is disappointing to see the promising junior hasn’t shown any real growth after two tantalizing but erratic seasons. More troubling was the disappearance of Hale, who only made one basket on seven shots and is now shooting 27 percent from the field this season. He has the talent to score in double digits every game, and frankly the doesn’t have a reasonable chance to win against decent teams if he can’t; much less one like the Flyers likely headed to a third consecutive bid.

What was the best part of the game?: Credit coach Avery Johnson for sticking to his plan. wasn’t coming close to winning regardless of what he did Tuesday, but the could have slowed the pace to a crawl and maybe kept the final margin under 20 points. Instead Alabama kept pushing the tempo and hoping for a payoff down the road despite taking its lumps. There could be more ugly nights ahead and frankly this season may be more about seeing who can contribute in the future as the talent level increases.

Nov 17, 2015; Dayton, OH, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson (right) talks with guard Dazon Ingram (left) during the first half against the Dayton Flyers at University of Dayton Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 17, 2015; Dayton, OH, USA; head coach Avery Johnson (right) talks with guard Dazon Ingram (left) during the first half against the Flyers at University of Dayton Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-

Who was the star?: No one gets to be a “star” in a 32-point drubbing, but freshman point guard looked like the only player who would crack ’s regular rotation, despite four turnovers and only two points. He had four assists, and could have rung up more if his teammates could have made shots. His five rebounds were only one off Donta Hall’s team-high total and at 6’5 he is going to cause matchup problems as he develops.

What’s next?: returns home Friday night for an untelevised 7 p.m. contest against -Lafayette and first-round draft prospect Shawn Long.

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