Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun
Follow him on Instagram @flyer_images
Dayton Flyers: 67 Rhode Island Rams: 64
The Dayton Flyers were picked to win the Atlantic 10 this year. The Rhode Island Rams were picked second. This set up a huge early conference matchup that didn’t disappoint. The teams will meet a second time at Rhode Island later in the season. Dayton senior guard Charles Cooke missed a second straight game due to an injured wrist (shooting hand) and a bruised lower back. Rhode Island came ready to play as they took an early 7-0 lead. The Flyers couldn’t hit anything and it looked like the game was going to be very one sided. Dayton finally scored at the 16:24 mark as senior forward Kendall Pollard ran a fast break that ended in a layup. The Rams took a 19-9 lead with 8:57 left in the half. The Flyers then went on a 12-3 run over the next 5+ minutes to cut the deficit to 1. Rhode Island extended their lead a little bit but only took a 2 point lead into the half. The second half started out a bit different than the first. Dayton was able to get to the bucket time after time and took their first lead of the game, 32-31, with 17:35 to go. The Rams took a 49-44 lead with 10:10 to go. The Flyers started to turn things around after this. They would go on an 11-0 run to take a 55-49 lead. UD Arena was going nuts. Rhode Island cut the Flyer lead to 1 with 1:06 to play when EC Matthews hit a three ball. Dayton and Rhode Island traded a bucket and the Flyers led 65-64 with 18 seconds left. Dayton made the end of the game interesting when they missed 2 of their last 4 free throws but were able to come away with a big win in the Decibel Dungeon.
By the Numbers:
- The 2017 seniors picked up their 90th win. They are 7 shy of the school record for winningest class.
- The Flyers have won 5 straight and 10 of its last 11.
- 40 is the magic number! Flyers haven’t lost a game this year when shooting 40% or better.
- Dayton has not lost a second half this season.
Rhode Island shot 44% (22-50) from the field, 47.6% (10-21) from the three point line and 71.4% (10-14) from the free throw line. They had 30 rebounds, 19 assists, 18 turnovers, 5 blocks and 2 steals. The Rams were led by senior forward Kuran Iverson who had 14 points and 13 rebounds in 32 minutes. Junior guard and NBA prospect EC Matthews was held to 13 points, all in the second half, in 31 minutes. Junior guard Stanford Robinson chipped in 13 off the bench in 24 minutes.
Dayton shot 46.9% (23-49) from the field, 33.3% (4-12) from the three point line and 65.4% (17-26) from the foul line. They had 31 rebounds, 13 assists, 11 turnovers, 2 blocks and 9 steals. The Flyers had a significant advantage in points in the paint, 32-18, and fast break points, 14-3. Dayton was led by senior guard Scoochie Smith who had 21 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals in 38 minutes. Kendall Pollard added 18 points in 31 minutes. Senior guard Kyle Davis had 10 points and 5 rebounds in 33 minutes.
The Rams (10-5) (2-1 A10) head back home to take on La Salle on Thursday, January 12th at 7PM.
The Flyers (12-3) (3-0 A10) hit the road Wednesday, January 11th to take on UMASS at 7PM.
Alex Handorf ’17