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Dayton Flyers: 68 Rhode Island Rams: 66
In front of a nearly sold out crowd at the Ryan Center, the Flyers were able to prevail Friday night at Rhode Island in a nationally televised game thanks to a huge three pointer by sophomore guard Darrell Davis that put the Flyers ahead 67-66 with 20 seconds left. Dayton was without junior forward Kendall Pollard for the third time this year. He is considered day to day with left knee soreness. After the game, head coach Archie Miller said that Pollard could have played but they decided to rest him for this game. Freshman forward Sam Miller got his first career start in place of Pollard. Dayton jumped out to an early 16-8 lead that was quickly negated by a 9-0 run by the Rams in the next two minutes that put them up 17-16 with 10 minutes to go in the first half. The rest of the half was back and forth as neither team had a lead that was more than 4. The Flyers took a 37-33 lead in to the locker room. The Rams quickly erased this lead as graduate student Four McGlynn hit two threes in the span of 35 seconds which forced Archie Miller to get a quick timeout. With 16:56 left in the game, the Rams were up 40-37, but not for long. Freshman big man Steve McElvene made a layup that ignited an 11-0 run for the Flyers over the next 3 minutes to put them up 48-40. Dayton and Rhode Island then started trading buckets for a while until the Rams were able to tie the game at 56 with 4:30 to go. The Rams took a 66-64 lead with 40 seconds left as junior forward Hassan Martin completed an old fashioned three point play. With 20 seconds left, junior guard Scoochie Smith drove the lane and kicked it out to senior forward Dyshawn Pierre who immediately hit Darrell Davis in the corner for a wide open three pointer that he drained. The Rams had one last chance to win the game as McGlynn missed a double clutch shot from the elbow that was closely contested by junior guard Kyle Davis. Steve McElvene grabbed the rebound for the Flyers and was fouled immediately with 0.3 seconds left. He made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second one. Rhode Island center Earl Watson grabbed the ball and heaved it the distance of the court but he did not get it off in time and the Flyers would win. This game was an instant classic as the score was tied 11 times and there were 17 lead changes. This is the first time that Dayton has won at Rhode Island in 11 years. According to DaytonFlyers.com, Dayton has gone 76 consecutive games without two straight losses which is good for the third best streak in the NCAA behind only Villanova and Kansas.
Darrell Davis with the go-ahead THREE! @DaytonMBB http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=14769123&ex_cid=espnapi_internal …
Rhode Island shot 45.6% (26-57) from the field, 47.1% (8-17) from the three point line and only 50% (6-12) from the free throw line. Their free throw shooting came back to haunt them as they missed 6 and only lost by 2. They had 26 rebounds, 11 assists, 11 turnovers, 6 blocks and 7 steals. Rhode Island had a clear advantage in points off turnovers, 22-10. The Rams were led by Four McGlynn who had 19 points (5-9 from three) in 38 minutes. Hassan Martin had 15 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals in 38 minutes. Sophomore guard Jared Terrell had 14 points in 37 minutes and sophomore guard Jarvis Garrett had 13 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes. Garrett, who fractured his jaw in January, was wearing a Jason-like mask. The Rhode Island student section also decided to wear masks to support him.
Jarvis Garrett rocks Jason-like mask – gets serious love from student section! http://thesco.re/1Lm18DB pic.twitter.com/6DrEMKw4Ag
Dayton shot 52% (26-50) from the field, 40% (4-10) from the three point line and 80% (12-15) from the free throw line. They struggled to hold on to the ball as they had 18 turnovers. The Flyers had 34 rebounds, 10 assists, 5 blocks and 7 steals. Dayton had a solid advantage in bench points, 17-5. They were led by Dyshawn Pierre who had 17 points and 9 rebounds in 37 minutes. Scoochie Smith had 16 points in 31 minutes and Darrell Davis had 11 points in 21 minutes. In his first start, Sam Miller had 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals in a season high 30 minutes. Junior guard Charles Cooke struggled to find his shooting touch as he only had 8 points on 10 shots but made up for it with 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 33 minutes.
The Rams (14-11) (6-6 A10) will head to Richmond, Virginia to take on VCU Tuesday, February 16 at 7:30PM.
The Flyers (21-3) (11-1 A10) who have won 9 straight, will head to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to take on Saint Joseph’s Wednesday, February 17th at 6PM.
Alex Handorf ’17