Photo Credit – David Jablonski
George Washington Colonials: 87 Dayton Flyers: 81
After clinching the first ever outright regular season championship on Wednesday night, the Dayton Flyers still had another game to play to finish out the regular season. They headed to our nation’s capital to take on the George Washington Colonials Saturday night. Everyone is gunning for the Flyers right now. Combine this with senior night for George Washington and it created a perfect storm for the Colonials to get the upset over the Flyers. George Washington started this game out on fire, hitting 10 of their first 11 shots. This led to a 24-6 run to start the game. Dayton was able to get back into the game a little bit, cutting the GW lead to 10 multiple times, but the Colonials just kept hitting shots. George Washington led at the half 50-33. GW was 10 of 15 from 3 in the half and 18-31 overall. George Washington led 70-51 with 12:10 to go. Dayton then went on an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to 8, 70-62 with 7:54 to go. UD was able to get within 4 with 11 seconds to go but that was the closest they would get. George Washington would end the Flyers win streak at 9. Dayton will head into the A10 tournament as the number 1 seed but with a sour taste in their mouth.
By the Numbers:
- 1 – Dayton’s first loss with sophomore forward Josh Cunningham in the lineup.
- 13 – George Washington hit 13 threes, 6 of which came from grad student forward Tyler Cavanaugh.
- 24 – The Flyers finish with 24 regular season wins, second in school history.
- 40 – Dayton is now 23-2 when shooting 40% or better on the season.
- 40 – The Flyers outscored GW in the paint 40-20.
- 50 – Dayton gave up 50 first half points, most in the Archie Miller era.
George Washington shot 47.4% (27-57) from the field, 50% (13-26) from the three point line and 71.4% (20-28) from the free throw line. The Colonials had 34 rebounds, 14 assists, 11 turnovers, 4 blocks and 9 steals. Leading the way for GW was Tyler Cavanaugh who had 30 points and 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. Junior guard Yuta Watanabe had 18 points and 6 rebounds in 39 minutes. Freshman guard Jair Bolden added 12 points in 15 minutes off the bench. Senior guard Matt Hart chipped in 10 points in 26 minutes.
Dayton shot 48.3% (28-58) from the field, 40% (8-20) from the three point line and 54.8% (17-31) from the charity stripe. UD had 35 rebounds, 18 assists, 12 turnovers, 2 blocks and 7 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was senior forward Kendall Pollard who had 24 points and 6 rebounds in only 24 minutes because of foul trouble. Sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams had 17 points in 24 minutes. Senior guard Charles Cooke added 10 points and 4 rebounds in 36 minutes. Senior guard Scoochie Smith had 10 points and 7 assists in 29 minutes.
The Colonials (18-13) (10-8 A10) are the 6 seed in the A10 tournament and will face either (11) Saint Louis or (14) Duquesne on Thursday, March 9th at 8:30 PM on NBC Sports Network.
The Flyers (24-6) (15-3 A10) are the 1 seed in the A10 tournament and will face either (8) La Salle or (9) Davidson on Friday, March 10th at 12PM on NBC Sports Network.
Final A10 Standings
A10 Tournament Bracket
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