Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun
After a big win Wednesday at Vanderbilt, the Flyers seemed to have a “big game hangover” as some call it. In a game where the Dayton Flyers struggled to make free throws, the Chattanooga Mocs took advantage and came away with a 61-59 victory Saturday night in front of 12,425 people at the University of Dayton Arena. This loss for the Flyers snaps a 26 game home winning streak which was good for 8th best in the nation. Chattanooga was without its leading scorer, senior guard Casey Jones, because of an ankle injury suffered Friday in practice but this didn’t seem to deter the Mocs. Jones was also their leading rebounder and assist man. The Mocs would take a 29-24 lead into the locker room. At the start of the second half, the Flyers showed some life. They would go on a 13-2 run to take the lead 37-31 with 16:14 left in the game but the Mocs continued to battle and wouldn’t go away. The rest of the second half was back and forth. With 31 seconds left, Kendall Pollard hit one of his two free throws to tie the game at 59. With 5 seconds left, junior guard Greg Pryor drove the lane and was fouled. He would make both of his free throws giving the Mocs a 61-59 lead. Junior guard Scoochie Smith would then take the ball the length of the floor and put up a shot that wouldn’t fall and the Mocs bench stormed the floor. UD Arena was silent, as it should have been. The last time the Flyers lost a game at home was January 29th, 2014. Flyers fans are not used to seeing losses at home and the whole crowd seemed stunned.
The Mocs shot 40% (22-55) from the field, 46.7% (7-15) from three and 66.7% (10-15) from the line. They grabbed 33 rebounds and had 17 assists to only 10 turnovers. They also blocked 3 shots and had 5 steals. Chattanooga had a clear advantage in bench points, 22-7, which really helped them. Greg Pryor had 15 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, a block and a steal in 32 minutes of play. He was the only Moc to score in double figures. Junior forward Tre’ McLean scored 8 points and had 8 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal in 37 minutes. He struggled from the field, only making 4 of 14 shots. He didn’t convert any of his three 3 point shots either.
The Flyers shot 50% (21-42) from the field, 23.1% (3-13) from three and a baffling 53.8% (14-26) from the free throw line. One could say that this is the major reason that the Flyers were not able to beat Chattanooga. The Flyers grabbed 30 rebounds and had 17 assists to 12 turnovers. UD blocked 8 shots and had 2 steals. This is only the second time the Flyers have been outrebounded all year. They are 0 and 2 when this happens. Leading the Flyers was junior forward Kendall Pollard who had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal in 37 minutes. He shot 8-16 from the free throw line. Junior guard Kyle Davis managed 10 points, 3 rebounds, an assist and a steal in 30 minutes. Scoochie Smith had 9 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. Freshman big man Steve McElvene swatted 5 shots and had 6 points and 7 rebounds in 33 minutes.
Chattanooga heads back home to take on Tennessee Tech Tuesday at 7PM.
The Flyers will stay home and play Furman on Saturday at 7PM. The Flyers have a week because of finals to prepare.
Alex Handorf ’17