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Dayton Flyers: 66 La Salle Explorers: 55
The La Salle Explorers traveled to the University of Dayton to take on the Flyers in the first game of conference play for each team. The students are still on break but the Flyer Faithful still showed up to support the Flyers. Junior guard Darrell Davis was in street clothes on the sideline for the Flyers as he injured his hamstring earlier in the week. Senior guard Charles Cooke started after missing last game with an injured right wrist (shooting hand). Dayton started the scoring early, but the Explorers would hit a barrage of threes to keep themselves in the game. Their first five buckets came from behind the three point line. They were lighting it up. On the other side, the Flyers couldn’t buy a shot from three as they missed their first 5 three pointers. Early in the game, it was noticeable that Cooke was not 100%. He was really off with all of his shots and he kept shaking his hand but he was still able to finish the game with 13 points. With 9:19 left in the first half, the Explorers had a 20-15 lead. The Flyers started putting some good possessions together. They would go on a 19-3 run over the next 8 minutes to take a 34-23 lead. Dayton would take a halftime lead of 38-27. The Flyers were able to hold a double digit lead for the majority of the second half. Both teams struggled to shoot the ball in the second half which made Dayton’s halftime lead a very big deal. The Flyers pushed the lead to 17 with 4:50 to go. The Explorers then went on a quick 8-0 run over the next 1:10 to make the game 61-52 but that was the closest they would get for the rest of the game. With 3:13 to go, Charles Cooke drove the lane and was fouled. He landed awkwardly on his tailbone and was in excruciating pain. He would not return for the rest of the game. His availability is unknown going forward.
By the Numbers
- La Salle was averaging a whopping 84 points a game and only 10.8 turnovers on the season but the Flyers held them to 55 points and forced 20 turnovers.
- Senior guard Scoochie Smith became the 6th Flyer to have 1000 points and 400 assists.
- Charles Cooke has scored in double digits every game this year.
La Salle shot 36% (18-50) from the field, 36% (9-25) from the three point line and 71.4% (10-14) from the free throw line. They had 36 rebounds, 12 assists, 20 turnovers, 1 block and 5 steals. The Explorers were led by sophomore guard Pookie Powell who had 23 points and 7 rebounds in 38 minutes. Junior guard/forward BJ Johnson had 14 points and 12 rebounds in 37 minutes. Senior guard Jordan Price was averaging 17.2 points a game but the Flyers were able to hold him to a measly 4 points on 7 shots. He also had 7 turnovers.
Dayton shot 45.3% (24-53) from the field, 13.6% (3-22) from the three point line and 48.4% (15-31) from the charity stripe. They had 35 rebounds, 17 assists, 10 turnovers, 2 blocks and 10 steals. The Flyers dominated points in the paint 42-16. Leading the way for UD was senior forward Kendall Pollard who had 20 points in 35 minutes. Cooke was able to get 13 points with a bum wrist but on 12 shots. He also led the team with 8 rebounds. Senior guard Kyle Davis had 12 points and 5 assists in 36 minutes. Scoochie Smith had 11 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in 36 minutes.
La Salle (6-5) (0-1 A10) hosts Saint Louis Wednesday, January 4th at 7PM.
Dayton (10-3) (1-0 A10) heads to Olean, New York to take on St. Bonaventure Tuesday, January 3rd at 8PM.
Alex Handorf ’17