#24 Dayton Flyers: 98 George Mason Patriots: 64
The Dayton Flyers went into Fairfax, Virginia and played their best game of the season Saturday. The Flyers played two complete halves and absolutely dominated both ends to the floor. They were able to do this without freshman big man Steve McElvene who was too sick to play. Junior guard Charles Cooke violated team rules and did not start, but that did not seem to phase him. The Patriots opened up the game with a 5-2 lead but that wouldn’t last long. The Flyers would go on a 13-2 run and never look back. The Patriots were able to get it back to 5 but then the Flyers would extend the lead and George Mason would struggle for the rest of the game. Dayton took a 47-31 lead into the half. Early in the second half, there was a lot of back and forth as George Mason tried to stay in the game but the Flyers were just too dominant for the Patriots to do anything. The Flyers would eventually push the lead to 30 with 6:23 left on a three pointer by freshman forward Xeyrius Williams. Dayton would have their largest lead of the game at the 1:47 mark, 96-61. The Flyers are now 15-0 this season when leading at halftime. This win put the Flyers in a tie at the top of the A10 standings as VCU lost at home to George Washington earlier in the day.
The Patriots were held to 36.8% (21-57) from the field, 36.8% (7-19) from the three point line and 62.5% (15-24) from the free throw line. George Mason, who leads the A10 in rebounds per game (41.2), were held to only 24. They also had 11 assists, 7 turnovers, 1 block and 2 steals. The Patriots were led by freshman guard Otis Livingston who had 21 points and 5 assists in 32 minutes. Freshman guard Jaire Grayer chipped in 11 points in 32 minutes.
The Flyers were red hot all game as they shot 62.9% (39-62) from the field, 63.6% (14-22) from the three point line and 60% (6-10) from the free throw line. Dayton had 41 rebounds, 19 assists, 9 turnovers, 5 blocks and 5 steals. UD was led by Charles Cooke who came off the bench and had 24 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in only 24 minutes. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had 15 points and 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. Junior forward Kendall Pollard had 13 points and 3 rebounds. Junior guard Scoochie Smith had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in 25 minutes. In his first start of the year, sophomore guard Darrell Davis managed 8 points and 3 rebounds. Freshman guard John Crosby chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds off the bench. The Flyers dominated the Patriots in bench points, 48-16.
George Mason (8-15) (2-8 A10) will head to Kingston, Rhode Island to take on Rhode Island Tuesday, February 9th at 7PM.
Dayton (19-3) (9-1 A10) will head back home to take on Duquesne Tuesday, February 9th at 7PM. The Flyers won at Duquesne January 2nd 66-58.