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St. Joseph’s Hawks: 79 Dayton Flyers: 70
In front of a sold out crowd at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia, PA, the Dayton Flyers struggled to do anything right Wednesday night as their 9 game win streak was halted by St. Joe’s. The Flyers were without junior forward Kendall Pollard for a second straight game because of left knee soreness. Head coach Archie Miller said after their win over Rhode Island Friday night that Pollard will be day to day for the rest of the season. The Hawks jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first minute and a half of the game which forced Archie Miller to get a quick timeout. The Flyers then went on a 7-0 run the take the lead 7-6 with 17:11 to go in the first half. With 9:01 left in the half and the score 22-21 favoring Dayton, St. Joe’s went on a 14-2 run to make the score 35-24 with 1:11 left in the half. The Hawks took a 36-27 lead into the half. In the second half, it seemed like every time the Flyers would get within 8, the Hawks would go on a mini run to counter it. With 11:43 left, St. Joe’s would take their largest lead of the game, 54-40. The Flyers would chip away and then the Hawks would hit a few shots and extend it. Dayton would get to within 5 with 3:49 left but wouldn’t get any closer. The major difference in this game were free throws as the Flyers only attempted 7 to the Hawks 24. According to DaytonFlyers.com, Dayton has not won at St. Joe’s since 2000. This game has set up a three way tie for first place in the Atlantic 10. Dayton, St. Joes and VCU all have an 11-2 record in the conference with 5 games to go.
St. Joe’s shot 45.3% (29-64) from the field, 25% (5-20) from the three point line and 66.7% (16-24) from the free throw line. They pulled down 44 rebounds and had 17 assists to only 6 turnovers. They also had 3 blocks and 5 steals. Leading the way for the Hawks was junior forward DeAndre Bembry. Bembry, an NBA prospect, had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists in 40 minutes. Senior guard Aaron Brown had 14 points in 31 minutes. Senior forward Isaiah Miles had 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists in 29 minutes. Freshman guard Aaron Brown and sophomore forward James Demery came off the bench and scored 13 and 12 respectively.
Dayton shot 41.1% (30-73) from the field, 25.8% (8-31) from the three point line and an abysmal 28.6% (2-7) from the free throw line. They had 41 rebounds, 19 assists, 9 turnovers, 2 blocks and 4 steals. The Flyers were led by junior guard Charles Cooke who had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 35 minutes. Junior guard Scoochie Smith had 11 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists in 40 minutes. Sophomore guard Darrell Davis and freshman big man Steve McElvene had 13 and 12 respectively.
St. Joe’s (22-4) (11-2 A10) will head to Davidson, North Carolina to take on Davidson Saturday, February 20th at 2PM.
Dayton (21-4) (11-2 A10) will look to regroup as they head back home to take on St. Bonaventure Saturday, February 20th at 12PM.
Alex Handorf ’17