Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun
The University of Dayton Flyers beat the Furman Paladins 70 to 50 in front of 12,619 people at the University of Dayton Arena on Saturday. The Flyers struggled to do anything right in the first half but turned it around in the second half thanks to a few runs that they were able to put together. They started the second half on a 10-2 run fueled by junior guard Kyle Davis. Later in the second half, they busted the game wide open by going on a 9-0 run on three straight possessions. This put their lead at 59-40 and the Flyers would never look back. After losing their last home game, the Flyers have now started another home winning streak.
The Paladins shot 38.2% (21-55) from the field, 28.6% (6-21) from the three and 66.7% (2-3) from the line. This was the real story of the game. The Paladins took 19 less free throws than the Flyers. Furman only had 20 rebounds and had 12 assists and 12 turnovers. They also had 4 steals. The Paladins only had 3 rebounds in the entire second half after leading the rebounding battle in the first half. This was also something that changed the game because they were out rebounded by the Flyers in the second half by 23. Sophomore forward Geoff Beans came off the bench and led the Paladins in scoring with 12 points on 4 of 9 shooting. Senior guard Stephen Croone had 11 points on 5 of 12 shooting in 30 minutes.
The Flyers shot 44.7% (21-47) from the field, 42.9% (9-21) from three and an astounding 86.4% (19-22) from the line. This is especially huge since they have really been struggling from the foul line recently. UD pulled down 41 rebounds and had 16 assists and 16 turnovers. This has been one of the big stories of the year. They struggle to hold on to the ball. The Flyers also had 5 blocks and 3 steals. Dayton was led by junior guard Charles Cooke who had 11 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes. Freshman big man Steve McElvene also had 11 points. He also had 10 rebounds, a block and a steal in 28 minutes. Sophomore guard Darrell Davis had 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in 22 minutes of play. Flyers coach Archie Miller has really emphasized rebounding and the Flyers definitely responded to that.
The Paladins head to Annapolis, Maryland to take on Navy Tuesday, December 22nd at 7PM.
The Flyers will stay at home and take on Miami (OH) Tuesday, December 22nd at 7PM. The story line for this game is solely about the long awaited return of senior forward Dyshawn Pierre. He is eligible to return for this game so we shall see if he plays!
Alex Handorf ’17