Photo Credit – Ron Thaman
The Dayton Flyers headed out west for another early season tournament. The Flyers normally fare pretty well in these early season tournaments but without major pieces Josh Cunningham and Kendall Pollard, they struggled a bit.
Nebraska Cornhuskers: 80 Dayton Flyers: 78
Dayton came into this game with a possibility of a second round matchup against a top 25 team UCLA. They would have to beat Nebraska which they ultimately failed to do. They dug themselves into another early hole as Nebraska started the game on a 17-5 run in the first 6 minutes of the game. An early hole means that the Flyers would have to claw back to have any chance in this game. Dayton was able to get back into this game as they tied it at 26 with 5:13 left in the first half. Nebraska would finish the half on a 14-5 run and take a 40-31 lead into the locker room. The Cornhuskers built on that halftime lead and would lead by as much as 13 with 9:43 left in the game. The Flyers continued to fight and would take their first lead on a Scoochie Smith layup with 16 seconds to go. It was 78-77 when Nebraska sophomore guard Glynn Watson Jr. drove the lane and was fouled with 9 seconds to go. He would hit both free throws and they would take a 79-78 lead. Scoochie drove the lane for a second straight possession but missed the contested layup this time. Nebraska would make a free throw on the other end and the Flyers wouldn’t get another shot off.
The Cornhuskers would shoot a season high 56.9% (29-51) from the field, 37.5% (6-16) from the three and 66.7% (16-24) from the line. They had 33 rebounds, 11 assists, 15 turnovers, 5 blocks and 5 steals. Half of their points were scored in the paint. Nebraska was led by Glynn Watson Jr. who scored 20 points in 31 minutes. Sophomore forward Ed Morrow notched a double double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes. Senior guard Tai Webster chipped in 16 points in 27 minutes and junior guard Anton Gill came off the bench and scored 10 in 23 minutes.
The Flyers shot 38.1% (24-63) from the field, 41.7% (10-24) from three and 71.4% (20-28) from the charity stripe. They had 37 rebounds, 12 assists, 11 turnovers, 2 blocks and 5 steals. Dayton was led by senior guard Charles Cooke who scored 17 points and had 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. Senior guard Scoochie Smith had 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. Sophomore forward Sam Miller had 11 points in 18 minutes and sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams came off the bench and scored 15 points and had 9 rebounds (both career highs) in 27 minutes.
Dayton Flyers: 84 Portland Pilots: 74
The Flyers finally had a game where they didn’t get down big early. They were able to start the game on a 16-6 run. Dayton extended the lead to 17 with 6:20 left in the first half but Portland closed the gap late in the half. Dayton would take a 38-31 lead into the half. The Pilots would cut the lead to 3 in the first minute of the half but would never get any closer. The Flyers had their biggest lead of the half at 15 with 38 seconds to go.
Portland shot 40% (22-55) from the field, 38.9% (7-18) from the three point line and 95.8% (23-24) from the free throw line. They had 34 rebounds, 9 assists, 18 turnovers, 2 blocks and 6 steals. The Pilots were led by senior guard Alec Wintering who scored 31 points and had 8 assists and 5 rebounds in 40 minutes. Sophomore guard Jazz Johnson and junior forward Gabe Taylor each added 17 points while playing 40 minutes.
Dayton shot 55.4% (31-56) from the field, 45.5% (10-22) from the three and 70.6% (12-17) from the line. They had 27 rebounds, 19 assists, 16 turnovers, 6 blocks and 7 steals. The Flyers were led by Charles Cooke who had 20 points and 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Scoochie Smith added 17 points and 7 assists in 32 minutes. Senior guard Kyle Davis stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals in 30 minutes. Xeyrius Williams came off the bench and had 14 points and 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Sam Miller had 10 points in 21 minutes.
Dayton Flyers: 64 New Mexico Lobos: 57
For a second straight game, the Flyers would start hot. They started the game on an 11-1 run in the first 5 minutes of the game. Dayton would maintain a lead of at least 6 for the rest of the half. Late in the first half, Charles Cooke seemed to slip on the floor and possibly hurt his groin. He headed to the locker room very gingerly and all of the Flyers fans were very uneasy with all of the other injuries that have already occurred this season. Cooke would thankfully return in the second half. The Flyers and Lobos would battle in the second half. Neither team could take any sort of commanding lead. The Flyers would go up 10 with 5 minutes to go but the Lobos quickly cut it to 3. With a minute left, New Mexico senior forward Tim Williams made a layup to give them their first lead of the game, 57-56. Dayton would then finish the game on an 8-0 run and leave Anaheim with a fairly successful trip.
The Lobos shot 40.8% (20-49) from the field, 50% (7-14) from the three and 76.9% (10-13) from the charity stripe. They had 33 rebounds, 11 assists, 16 turnovers, 2 blocks and 3 steals. New Mexico was led by junior guard Elijah Brown and Tim Williams who each had 16 points and 5 rebounds in 32 and 38 minutes respectively.
The Flyers shot 40.7% (22-54) from the field, 27.3% (6-22) from the three point line and 66.7% (14-21) from the free throw line. They had 35 rebounds, 14 assists, 9 turnovers, 3 blocks and 7 steals. Dayton was led by the senior trio of guards, Kyle Davis, Scoochie Smith and Charles Cooke who each had 12 points.
Dayton (4-2) (0-0 A10) heads back home to play Winthrop on Saturday, December 3rd at 2:00PM.
Alex Handorf ’17