published Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Dayton tops Stanford 82-72 in Sweet 16

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    Stanford center Stefan Nastic (4) and Dayton forward/center Matt Kavanaugh (35) vie for a loose ball during their regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Memphis.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

MEMPHIS — 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.

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 plays the winner of UCLA-Florida on Saturday.

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