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St. Bonaventure Bonnies: 79 Dayton Flyers 72
In front of a sold out crowd at UD Arena, the Flyers struggled for the second straight game and were unable to overcome some big leads that the Bonnies created. This is the first time in two years that the Flyers have lost two consecutive games. Junior forward Kendall Pollard missed his 3rd straight game because of left knee soreness. This team really tends to struggle when he is not playing. Pollard, who is 3rd on the team in scoring and 4th in rebounding, will be a very big contributor to this team if/when he returns. St. Bonaventure started this game on fire and it showed as they created a 10 point lead less than 4 minutes into the game, 15-5. Freshman forward Sam Miller, who started his third straight game for Pollard, picked up his 3rd foul with 3:05 left in the half. The Flyers cut the gap many times but couldn’t get close enough to tie or take the lead until there was 55 seconds left in the half. The Bonnies went two for one in the last 37 seconds and were able to retake the lead and head into the locker room up 40-36. The second half was very interesting as the Bonnies had the lead for most of it but the Flyers were never out of the game. They would continue to chip away at the lead but couldn’t string together enough good possessions to take any kind of lead. The biggest lead the Flyers had in the second half was 2 at the 13:11 mark. Sophomore guard Jaylen Adams would get a layup and one and the Bonnies would take the lead and never lose it again. The Flyers then tied the game at 72 and the University of Dayton Arena was rocking. With 36 seconds left, Jaylen Adams would come up big again for the Bonnies as he nailed a 3 pointer to put them up 3. The Flyers would then miss their next four shots and the Bonnies would pick up a huge conference win. Some people may have some questions for Head Coach Archie Miller after this game. After Sam Miller picked up his third foul in the first half, he never touched the floor again. The issue with this is the fact that Bobby Wehrli, who has been on scholarship the last year and a half because Dayton had an extra one open, saw the floor for 17 minutes. Miller and fellow freshman forward Xeyrius Williams saw the floor for a combined 8 minutes. My question is why is a converted walk on getting this many minutes when you have scholarship players? The other thing fans may be wondering is why Archie didn’t draw up any plays at the end of the game. Both of these issues are head scratching to me.
Nothing was going Dayton’s way this game…. Even the cheerleaders were struggling.
The Flyers are now tied for second in the Atlantic 10 with St. Joseph’s. They both trail A10 leader VCU by one game.
St. Bonaventure shot 43.9% (25-57) from the field, 50% from the three point line and 73.1% (19-26) from the free throw line. They pulled down 37 rebounds and had 13 assists to 12 turnovers. The Bonnies were also able to block 3 shots and had 4 steals. Leading the way for St. Bonaventure was Jaylen Adams who had 31 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals in 40 minutes. Adams was a perfect 10 for 10 at the free throw line. Senior forward Dion Wright had 15 points and 8 rebounds in 40 minutes. Senior guard Marcus Posley had 12 points in 38 minutes.
Dayton shot 41.1% (23-56) from the field, 23.8% (5-21) from the three point line and 77.8% (21-27) from the free throw line. The Flyers struggled from the three point line for a second straight game. They have now taken 52 threes in the last two games. They had 36 boards, 12 assists, 11 turnovers, 3 blocks and 3 steals. Leading the Flyers was junior guard Charles Cooke who had 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 37 minutes. Junior guard Scoochie Smith had 18 points in 29 minutes. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had 12 points and 13 rebounds in 38 minutes. Steve McElvene came off the bench and had 12 points in 18 minutes.
The Bonnies (18-7) (10-4 A10) will head back home to take on Duquesne Wednesday, February 24th at 7PM.
The Flyers (21-5) (11-3 A10) will head to St. Louis, Missouri to take on Saint Louis Tuesday, February 23rd at 8PM. This is a must win game for them in my opinion. The Flyers beat Saint Louis 73-37 earlier this year at home.
Alex Handorf ’17