Dayton tops Stanford 82-72 in Sweet 16

Dayton guard Jordan Sibert (24) celebrates a three-point shot against Stanford during the second half in a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Dayton won 82-72. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Dayton guard Jordan Sibert (24) celebrates a three-point shot against Stanford during the second half in a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Dayton won 82-72. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — 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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