Photo Credit – David Jablonski
Dayton Flyers: 76 Duquesne Dukes: 57
After an ugly performance at UMASS on Wednesday, the Dayton Flyers had to play a second game on the road in the same week. These are always tough weeks for any basketball team but they have been especially tough for the Flyers in recent years. They were looking to bounce back from this ugly performance and they definitely did. Dayton started the game hot as they took an early 12-4 lead over the Dukes. Dayton built on the lead and made it 21-6 with 11:20 left in the first half. The Dukes clawed back a bit but the Flyers dominated the first half. It was very uneventful but the Flyers had the ability to take a much bigger lead. Dayton missed 7 first half free throws and only shot 61.1% from the line in the half. Senior guard Scoochie Smith was limited to 6 minutes in the half because of foul trouble. Scooch runs this team so it was very surprising to see the Flyers playing so well with Scoochie getting limited minutes. The Flyers scored 17 seconds into the second half on two free throws from senior forward Kendall Pollard. Duquesne then cut the Flyer lead to 6 very quickly after a 9-0 run. Senior guard Charles Cooke hit a 3 on the next possession to extend it back to 9. Duquesne was able to cut it back to 6 on the next possession but that is the closest they’d get for the rest of the game. The Dukes cut it to 11 with a little over 6 minutes to go but the Flyers went on a 16-5 run over the next 5 minutes and slammed the door shut. With 7:27 left in the game, senior guard Kyle Davis drove the basket and kicked the ball out to the perimeter. After he did this, he landed awkwardly on his right ankle and had to be carried off the court into the locker room. Davis tweeted after the game that he would be back Thursday but Archie Miller seemed to contradict that in the post game interview. Add this to an already long list of injuries for the Flyers. This team is dangerous right now but if they were to get healthy, the A10 needs to watch out.
By the Numbers:
- Flyers are 12-1 when three or more players score in double digits this season.
- Dayton is 12-0 this season when shooting 40% or better.
- Flyers forced 22 turnovers.
- Coming into the game, the Dukes were the best rebounding team in the A10. Dayton outrebounded them 37-35
- Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry picked up a technical foul at the 7:26 mark in the first half.
Duquesne shot 44.2% (23-52) from the field, 14.3% (3-21) from the three point line and 47.1% (8-17) from the charity stripe. The Dukes had 35 rebounds, 11 assists, 22 turnovers, 1 block and 6 steals. Leading the way for Duquesne was freshman guard Mike Lewis II who had 17 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds in 36 minutes. Grad transfer guard Emile Blackman had 14 points in 33 minutes.
Dayton shot 43.1% (25-58) from the field, 33.3% (8-24) from the three and 66.7% (18-27) from the free throw line. The Flyers had 37 rebounds, 15 assists, 14 turnovers, 2 blocks and 12 steals. UD dominated bench points, 43-13, fast break points, 18-4 and points off turnovers, 27-4. Leading the way for Dayton was Charles Cooke who came off the bench for the second straight game. He had 19 points in 29 minutes. Sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams came off the bench to record a career high 18 points in 19 minutes. Scoochie Smith had 12 points in 23 minutes and Kendall Pollard had 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 32 minutes.
The Dukes (9-9) (2-3 A10) head to Washington DC to take on George Washington Wednesday, January 18th at 7PM.
The Flyers (13-4) (4-1 A10) host the Richmond Spiders on Thursday, January 19th at 7PM on ESPNU. Richmond is the only undefeated A10 team.
A10 Standings as of 1/14
Alex Handorf ’17