Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun
In front of 13,216 fans, an almost sold out crowd, the University of Dayton Flyers dominated both ends of the floor leading up to a very impressive 84 to 53 win against the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks Friday night. The starting lineup for coach Archie Miller was Scoochie Smith at point, Kyle Davis at the two guard, Charles Cooke at the 3, Kendall Pollard at the 4, and rounding out the starting lineup at the 5 was Big Steve McElvene. I think we should all expect this lineup to start every game this year barring injury or the return of Dyshawn Pierre. The Flyers started the game off with a 16 to 1 run to set the tone early against the Redhawks.
The Flyers, led by Ryan “Chip” Mikesell, ended the first half with a controlling 46 to 16 lead. Leading the way at halftime was sophomore wing Darrell Davis. He managed 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting to go along with 4 rebounds and an assist. Kendall Pollard grabbed 7 defensive rebounds in the first half while totaling 4 points while shooting 1 of 4 from the field.
In the second half, Chip started to turn it up from 3 going 4 of 5 from behind the line while totaling 15 points. He was the only Flyer to score double digits in the second half. The second half started very slow for the Flyers as the Redhawks trimmed the enormous lead to 21 before Archie got a quick 30 second timeout and man, was he upset. After this timeout, the Flyers started playing much better basketball. They ended up getting the lead up to as much as 36 before winning by 31.
The Redhawks had a terrible time shooting the ball from anywhere. They finished 20-64 from the field (31.3%), 5-25 from the 3 (5-25), and an abysmal 8-23 from the free throw line (34.8%). They were able to pull down 36 boards, dish out 11 assists while turning the ball over 15 times. They also swatted two shots and had 6 steals.
The Flyers shot the ball at a fairly good percentage. They were 27-52 from the field (51.9%), 8-22 from the three (36.4%), and struggled to shoot the ball from the line as they went 22-37 (59.5%). They managed to grab 52 rebounds, dish out 23 assists on 27 made shots which is a great percentage for any team. The Flyers need to hold on to the ball a little better as they turned the ball over 17 times. They also finished with 8 blocks and 7 steals. The Flyers dominated bench scoring 49-19.
The Redhawks leading scorer, Marcus Wallace, had 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting while accumulating 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal in 27 minutes. Eric McGill, who led the Redhawks in minutes with 30 off the bench really struggled to put the ball in the net as he shot 1 of 9 from the field and only had 4 points.
Mikesell, in his college debut, managed to lead the Flyers with 21 points on 7 of 9 shooting (5-7 from three) while playing 26 minutes. He also had 8 rebounds which was tied for second on the team. Darrell Davis was the second leading scorer with 15 points on 8 shots while playing 23 minutes. Both Mikesell and Davis came off the bench and led the team in scoring. Charles Cooke, in his debut as a Flyer, struggled a little bit from the field as he shot 2 of 9 (1-5 from three) in 21 minutes. He totaled 7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, and an assist. He was in foul trouble for a lot of the game so he seemed to struggle to get into a groove. Pollard finished with 8 points, 10 rebounds (which led the team), 2 assists, and 1 steal in 26 minutes (tied for most). Scoochie Smith, who will be the leader of this team, had 8 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals in 21 minutes. Scooch has improved immensely from last year and it showed when he wasn’t on the court. The Flyers struggled to operate without him at the helm.
The Redhawks head to Evansville, Indiana to take on Evansville on Sunday the 15th. The Flyers stay at home to take on Alabama on Tuesday the 17th at 1PM. This game is part of the 24 hour College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.
Alex Handorf ’17