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Rhode Island Rams: 75 Dayton Flyers: 66
In front of another sold out crowd at the University of Dayton Arena, the Flyers disappointed for the third time in four games. The Flyers finally got junior forward Kendall Pollard back but it was very clear that he was rusty. He went 2-10 from the field. He was missing a lot of bunnies that he normally finishes. I think it will take him a bit of time before he gets back into a rhythm. Dayton was without sophomore guard Darrell Davis. Davis’ uncle passed away earlier in the week. The Flyers struggled once again to come out and control the game. Rhode Island was on fire early. They started the game on an 11-0 run and hit their first 5 shots. The Flyers, on the other hand, came out the exact opposite. They didn’t get on the board until 15:19 left in the first half. They started off missing their first 5 shots. The Flyers were able to get the game to within 4 at the 7:41 mark in the first half but the Rams of Rhode Island kept pulling away. After a buzzer beater 3 by sophomore guard Jared Terrell, the Rams would take a 38-25 lead into the locker room. Dayton scored the first bucket out of the break but Rhode Island would continue to extend the lead. With 7:27 left, graduate student Four McGlynn hit a three to give the Rams an 18 point lead. The fans were restless and started to leave. A minute later, they pushed the lead to 19. The Flyers then woke up. They started playing full court defense and trapping the corners and it really worked. The Flyers went on a 12-0 run in the next few minutes to close the gap to 7, 65-58. The only problem was that it was a little too late. Rhode Island would extend the lead back to 10 on the next possession and the Flyers couldn’t answer anymore. Dayton never led in this game. Personally, I think this team is in trouble. They look very tired and they are starting to get lazy on defense. They are short on a lot of shots and don’t tend to drive to the basket as much as they used to. I don’t know what is going on, but whatever it is, it needs to be fixed soon or this team will have an early exit from the NCAA Tournament. The Flyers are now 3rd in the A10, tied with St. Bonaventure. The Flyers have clinched at least a top 4 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament which means they get a double-bye and will not have to play until the Friday of the tournament.
Rhode Island shot 56% (28-50) from the field, 52.9% (9-17) from the three point line and 76.9% (10-13) from the free throw line. The Rams grabbed 29 rebounds and had 18 assists to 12 turnovers. They also had 4 blocks and 3 steals. Jared Terrell led the Rams with 18 points in 36 minutes. Four McGlynn had 16 points in 38 minutes. Sophomore guard Jarvis Garrett had 11 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds in 38 minutes. Junior forward Kuran Iverson had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 31 minutes. The X-factor for the Rams was clearly sophomore forward Andre Berry. Berry had scored a total of 19 points coming into this game. He ended up having 15 in only 13 minutes and didn’t miss a shot against the Flyers. Most of his shots were all wide open layups.
Dayton shot 41.8% (23-55) from the field, 37.5% (6-16) from the three point line and 66.7% (14-21) from the free throw line. The Flyers grabbed 30 rebounds and had 13 assists to 9 turnovers. They also had 1 block and 6 steals. The Flyers dominated fast break points, 16-2. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre led the way for Dayton with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. Junior guard Charles Cooke had 16 points in 37 minutes. Junior guard Kyle Davis had 9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 33 minutes.
The Rams (16-13) (8-8 A10) will head back home to take on UMASS Thursday, March 3rd at 7PM.
The Flyers (22-6) (12-4 A10) will head to Richmond, Virginia Tuesday, March 1st to take on Richmond at 7:30PM.
Alex Handorf ’17