DAYTON, OH - DECEMBER 7: Josh Benson #2 of the Dayton Flyers celebrates against the Alabama Crimson Tide during first half action at University of Dayton Arena on December 7, 2011 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
A balanced offensive effort carried the night for the Flyers, who boasted four players in double figures. Senior guard Josh Parker came off the bench with a top shelf performance, scoring 17 points on 7-12 shooting including making 33-5 three-pointers. Guard Kevin Dillard had a strong overall game with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, forward Chris Johnson led everyone with 20 points, and center John Benson made 5-6 from the floor for 11 points.
Dayton, now 6-3 on the year, was on point shooting the ball all evening long, and from all over the floor: They connected on 60.9 % from the field and 52.6 % from three-point range.
While Alabama stayed within striking distance throughout the game, the Flyers were in control and led every step of the way after taking a 7-6 lead following the first television timeout of the game.
The win is a big one for Dayton, which had just dropped games to the Buffalo Bulls and Murray State Racers.
Dayton next hosts the USC Upstate Spartans from the Atlantic Sun Conference on Sunday.