In the midst of a snow storm in the Bronx, New York, the Dayton Flyers had to adjust their travel plans a little bit but this did not affect them as they were able to take care of the Fordham Rams 64-50. The travel plans may have benefited the Flyers as they were able to get their a night earlier because of the impending storm. The Flyers opened the game on a 15-2 run that set the tone for the entire game. The Flyers would never trail in the game. There was a lot of back and forth action after this. The Flyers were never able to really pull away as their largest lead was 16 and the Rams never really made it all that close. The Flyers started the second half with the ball up 37-24. The lead would eventually be pushed to 16 but the Rams would keep it a game as they managed to trim the lead to 7 with 2:32 to go. They weren’t able to do anything more than that and the Flyers would get the win. Something to note for the Rams was that they used their last timeout with over 13 minutes to go in the game. Just over a minute after they did this, they had an inbounds play where they couldn’t get the ball in and tried to call a timeout that resulted in a technical foul.
The Rams shot 37% (20-54) from the field, 20% (5-25) from the three point line and 62.5% (5-8) from the free throw line. They really struggled to shoot the ball all night. They had 28 rebounds, 13 assists, 14 turnovers, 2 blocks and 6 steals. Fordham was led by senior forward Ryan Rhoomes who had 14 points and 6 rebounds in only 21 minutes. Senior guard Mandell Thomas managed only 11 points on 16 shots, 12 of which came from behind the three point line. Junior guard Jon Severe came off the bench and chipped in 10 points for the Rams.
The Flyers shot 41.7% (20-48) from the field, 38.1% (8-21) from the three point line and 72.7% (16-22) from the free throw line. Dayton had 39 rebounds, 15 assists, 15 turnovers, 4 blocks and 9 steals. They were led by junior guard Charles Cooke who had a career high 26 points. He also had 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals in 37 minutes. Junior guard Scoochie Smith returned home and had 14 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds in 34 minutes. Scooch never fails to disappoint when he is playing in front of his friends and family from back home. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had 12 points and 9 rebounds in 34 minutes. Junior guard Kyle Davis was the ultimate stat stuffer in this game as he had 5 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and a block.
Fordham (11-7) (2-5 A10) will head to Kingston, Rhode Island to take on Rhode Island Wednesday, January 27th at 7PM.
Dayton (16-3) (6-1 A10) will head back home to take on Saint Louis Wednesday, January 27th at 7PM.
Alex Handorf ’17