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Dayton Flyers: 76 Duquesne Dukes: 74
In front of a nearly sold out crowd at the University of Dayton Arena, the Dayton Flyers squeaked out a victory over the Duquesne Dukes Tuesday night. The Dukes jumped out to a 28-16 lead midway through the first half thanks to hot shooting by senior guards Derrick Colter and Micah Mason. The Flyers were in foul trouble early as senior forward Dyshawn Pierre and junior forward Kendall Pollard each picked up their second foul halfway through the half. This left the Flyers with freshman forwards Sam Miller and Xeyrius Williams. Neither play a lot of minutes but with the foul trouble that Pollard and Pierre got into and the lack of minutes for freshman big man Steve McElvene, who is still recovering from a virus, these guys had to step up. They did just that. Williams played 10 minutes in the half and Miller played 9. Miller ended the half with 8 points and 4 boards. He helped close the gap on the Dukes and the two teams went into the locker room tied at 35. The Flyers ended the half on a 19-7 run. Dayton started the second half on a 10-2 run but the Dukes of Duquesne wouldn’t go away. Fast forward to 8 and a half minutes left as the Dukes are clinging to a 1 point lead, 58-57. They would then go on an 11-0 run fueled by Mason and Colter to take a 12 point lead with just under 6 minutes to go. Don’t count the Flyers out though. They would answer right back and go on a 19-5 run of their own to end the game. During this run, the Dukes were held without a field goal. Their last 5 points were all free throws. Junior guards Kyle Davis and Charles Cooke were able to shut down Colter and Mason during this run. The Dukes were playing a two man game and no one else was touching the ball. Davis and Cooke forced some really bad shots late in the shot clock and forced a few turnovers also. Junior guard Scoochie Smith hit a three with 47 seconds left that would put the Flyers ahead for good. This was the biggest conference win to date in my opinion. The Flyers got punched in the mouth and got right back up. Coach Archie Miller loved the crowd and thought that they willed them to this victory.
Thanks to best fans I have ever been around, never heard a crowd will a team! Proud of the toughness…”TrueTeam”!
The Dukes shot 45.2% (28-62) from the field, 44% (11-25) from the three point line and 58.3% (7-12) from the free throw line. They had 39 rebounds, 18 assists, 11 turnovers and 3 blocks. The Dukes were led by Micah Mason and Derrick Colter. They each played the whole game and took 35 of the teams 62 shots. Mason had 27 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds while shooting 7 of 8 from 3. Colter had 21 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds while taking 21 shots. Sophomore forward TySean Powell chipped in 12 points, 7 boards and 4 assists in 25 minutes. Head coach Jim Ferry received a technical foul in the second half for arguing a call.
The Flyers shot 42.4% (28-66) from the field, 29.4% (5-17) from the three point line and 53.6% (15-28) from the free throw line. Dayton pulled down 42 rebounds and had 18 assists to only 6 turnovers. They also managed 4 blocks and 5 steals. Offensively, the Flyers were led by Charles Cooke who had 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in 33 minutes. Defensively, they were led by Kyle Davis who did a great job shutting down Colter and Mason late. He had 15 points, all in the second half, 3 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes. Scoochie Smith had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 33 minutes. Dyshawn Pierre struggled shooting the ball but he made up for it elsewhere as he had 6 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and a block in 26 minutes.
Kendall Pollard had a pretty nice “and one” dunk on Duquesne’s junior big man Darius Lewis.
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Duquesne (15-9) (5-6 A10) will head back home to take on UMASS Sunday, February 14th at 3PM.
Dayton (20-3) (10-1 A10) will head to Kingston, Rhode Island to take on Rhode Island Friday, February 12th at 7PM on ESPN2.
Alex Handorf ’17