Photo Credit – David Jablonski
Dayton Flyers: 75 Fordham Rams: 66
Coming off of a loss to the VCU Rams, the Dayton Flyers needed a win at Fordham to stay atop the Atlantic 10. Fordham has given teams some trouble this year, one of those teams being VCU. The Rams beat VCU earlier in the year at home in overtime so the Flyers knew this game wouldn’t be an easy one to win. Dayton senior guard Scoochie Smith had his last homecoming game as he is from the Bronx. During the first 15 minutes of the game, neither team was able to pull away from the other. The biggest lead during this time for either team was only 6. With 4:51 to go, the Flyers held a 30-27 lead. They went on a mini 9-3 run over the couple minutes to take a 39-30 lead. Fordham would answer with 3 straight 3 pointers over the next few minutes to tie the game at 39 going into the half. Dayton shot 62% in the first half but had 11 turnovers. Combine the turnovers with Fordham hitting 9 threes in the half was the reason the game was all tied up. The start of the second half was very similar to the start of the first with neither team able to pull away. This was a closely contested game the whole way through. From the 10:06 mark to the 6:32 mark, neither team could buy a bucket and both teams went scoreless. During this stretch, Fordham used its last timeout which hurt them throughout the rest of the game. At the 5:26 mark, sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams made a layup to give the Flyers a 61-60 lead. They wouldn’t trail again. Dayton finished the game on a 16-6 run. Fordham players Javontae Hawkins, Prokop Slanina and Christian Sengfelder, all starters, fouled out in the closing minutes. This gave the Flyers the boost they needed to finish off the Rams. Senior forward Kendall Pollard became the 47th member of the 1000 point club for the Flyers. Dayton held grad guard Javontae Hawkins to 2 points on 1-6 shooting. He averaged 14+ coming into the game.
By the Numbers:
- Dayton has won 13 straight against Fordham.
- The Flyers are 15-1 when shooting 40% or better on the season.
- Dayton is now 15-0 on the season when leading with 5 minutes left.
Fordham shot 43.1% (25-58) from the field, 44% (11-25) from the three point line and 55.6% (5-9) from the free throw line. The Rams had 23 rebounds, 9 of them offensive, 18 assists, 10 turnovers, 3 blocks and 7 steals. Leading the way for Fordham was junior forward Christian Sengfelder who had 21 points in 37 minutes. Sophomore guard Joseph Chartouny had 14 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds in 39 minutes. Junior guard Antwoine Anderson had 12 points in 38 minutes.
Dayton shot 52.3% (23-44) from the field, 35.3% (6-17) from the three point line and 85.2% (23-27) from the charity stripe. UD had 35 rebounds, 18 assists, 16 turnovers, 4 blocks and 5 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was Kendall Pollard who had 25 points (season high) and 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. Senior guard Charles Cooke had 15 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. Scoochie Smith had 10 points and 6 assists in 35 minutes.
The Rams (9-13) (3-6 A10) head to Philadelphia to take on St. Joe’s Saturday, February 4th at 6PM.
The Flyers (16-5) (7-2 A10) head back home to play Duquesne on Saturday, February 4th at 12:30PM.
A10 Standings as of 1/31
Alex Handorf ’17