Photo Credit – David Jablonski
The La Salle Explorers came away victorious in a game they needed to win against the Flyers. La Salle had lost 7 straight games before catching the Flyers on an off game and beating them 61-57. This game was a back and forth affair all night. Every time that the Flyers seemed to take control of the game and get a wider lead, the Explorers would fight back and not let Dayton extend their lead. One of the major things that kept La Salle in the game was the fact that they would sit on the ball constantly. They would have their point guard stand near half court until there was about 8 seconds left on the shot clock. The Explorers did this for a good chunk of the game and it really seemed to be working for them. They used this to head into the locker room with a 28-27 lead. The first part of the second half seemed very similar to the first as it was back and forth but the Flyers would go on an 11 to 4 run to take a 43-36 lead with 8:35 left in the game. It seemed as if the Flyers would finally put away the Explorers but La Salle answered right away going on their own 13 to 4 run to regain the lead 49-47 with 4:23 left. The lead would go back and forth but the Explorers took a 53-52 lead with 2:32 left and wouldn’t trail again. La Salle was able to do this while playing only 6 people, one of which only played 15 minutes. There were some head scratching decisions made by Dayton coach Archie Miller towards the end of the game. Freshman guard John Crosby was playing a ton of minutes late over sophomore guard Darrell Davis. Crosby seemed very out of control and didn’t help the team as he took many bad shots. Davis is the better option on the floor at the end of games because of his ability to shoot the ball but Miller went with Crosby for some reason. Something worth noting is that junior forward Kendall Pollard did not play for a second consecutive game for the Flyers due to an Achilles strain.
The Explorers shot 43.5% (20-46) from the field, 33.3% (5-15) from the three point line and 76.2% (16-21) from the free throw line. They were able to pull down 32 rebounds while having 12 assists and 10 turnovers. La Salle also blocked 4 shots and had 4 steals. The Explorers dominated the paint as they outscored the Flyers 24-12 in that category. Every starter for La Salle scored in double digits. They were led by junior guard Jordan Price who had 17 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks and a steal in 38 minutes. Sophomore Amar Stukes and junior guard Cleon Roberts each played all 40 minutes while putting up 13 points and 10 points respectively.
The Flyers shot 30.9% (17-55) from the field, 28% (7-25) from the three point line and 66.7% (16-24) from the free throw line. The Flyers had 36 rebounds, 10 assists, 14 turnovers, 6 blocks and 4 steals. Leading the Flyers was junior guard Charles Cooke who managed 21 points and 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre was the only other Flyer to score in double figures. He had 12 points and 4 rebounds in 38 minutes. Junior guard Scoochie Smith had a very tough game as he finished 0 for 7 from the field. He managed 3 points, 5 assists and 2 rebounds in only 25 minutes.
The Explorers (5-8) (1-2 A10) will head to Richmond, Virginia to take on the Richmond Spiders Wednesday, January 13th at 7PM.
The Flyers (12-3) (2-1 A10) will look to bounce back at home against Davidson Tuesday, January 12th at 8PM.
Alex Handorf ’17