Mar 27, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Stanford Cardinal center Stefan Nastic (4) and forward Dwight Powell (33) react during the second half of the semifinals in the south regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at FedExForum. Dayton won 82-72. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

The Dream Ends: Stanford Cardinal Goes Down To Dayton 82-72


Mar 27, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Stanford Cardinal guard Chasson Randle (5) shoots against Dayton Flyers guard Scoochie Smith (11) and forward/center Matt Kavanaugh (35) during the second half of the semifinals in the south regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

March Madness ended for the Stanford Cardinal as they ran into a buzzsaw of a giant-killer in Dayton 82-72.   No. 10 seed Stanford (23-13) closed to within 64-58 after a 3-point play by senior forward Dwight Powell, but No. 11 seed Dayton (26-10) went on a run of their own to stretch their lead back to double digits and close out the game.

Jordan Sibert led Dayton with 18 points, including 4-0f-9 treys, as Dayton’s offense applied constant pressure on Stanford’s defense with drives and dishes to open perimeter shooters.  Kendall Pollard and Devin Oliver added 12 points each, while Matt Cavanaugh scored 10 tough points in the paint.  Oliver led Dayton with seven rebounds while Vee Sanford dished out four assists.

Chasson Randle scored 21 points in his last game for the Cardinal, followed by Powell (17 points), Stefan Nastic (15 points), and Josh Huestis (13 points).  Powell pulled down nine boards, while Huestis grabbed eight rebounds.  Anthony Brown dished out four assists to lead the Cardinal.

But it was the Dayton Flyers who made the extra pass as they passed for 19 assists compared to Stanford’s 10.  By sharing the ball and finding the open shooter, Dayton was able to open up a 42-32 lead at the intermission.  The Flyers were able to maintain a comfortable lead until the eight minute mark in the second half before Dayton closed out the game with jumpers and free throws.

Stanford shot 22-58 from the field, 5-21 behind the 3-point line, and 23-33 from the free throw line.  Both teams grabbed 33 rebounds.

Dayton shot 28-58 from the field, 8-23 behind the 3-point line, and 18-26 from the free throw line.

Stanford’s NCAA Sweet 16 run comes to an end, while Dayton advances to the Elite Eight, where they will play the winner of the UCLA/Florida Sweet 16 match up.

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