March 27, 2014, MEMPHIS, Tenn. (ISN) – Jordan Sibert scored 18 points, Kendall Pollard added a season-high 12 and Dayton rolled past Stanford 82-72 on Thursday to make the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight for the first time since 1984.
Devin Oliver added 12 points and seven rebounds and Matt Kavanaugh tallied 10 points as the Flyers won its fifth straight against a power conference opponent.
No. 11 Dayton (26-10) continued its underdog run and this one wasn’t particularly close. The 6-foot-4 Sibert was spectacular, slashing to the basket and draining 3-pointers, to help the Flyers lead for almost the entire night.
Dayton showed its depth early, using 12 players in the first half to slowly wear Stanford down.
No. 10 Stanford (23-13) had the superior post play, but it wasn’t enough. Chasson Randle led the Cardinal with 21 points, but shot 5 of 21 from the field. Dwight Powell added 17 and Stefan Nastic — who fouled out with more than five minutes left — had 15.
Dayton led 42-32 after shooting 6-of-13 from beyond the arc. Pollard and Sibert led Dayton with eight points apiece. UD had 17 bench points comp
Dayton became the sixth team in the history of the NCAA Tournament to make it to the Elite 8 as an 11-seed, joining Temple (2001), George Mason (2006), Davidson (2008) and VCU (2011).
Dayton plays the winner of UCLA-Florida on Saturday.