Postgame: Flyers Overcome 16 Point First Half Deficit, Stun Vanderbilt

Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun

In front of 10,469 fans at Memorial Gym in Nashville, Tennessee, the Dayton Flyers rallied to beat the Vanderbilt Commodores 72-67. This is the 12th time in the last 15 games that the Flyers have beaten an SEC foe. Down 16 with 3:02 left in the first half, Archie Miller had to call a 30 second timeout to try and stop a 12-0 run that the Commodores had built. The Flyers stopped the run after Darrell Davis hit a three to make the score 38-25 with 2:36 left in the first half. What happened next completely changed the game.

In Vanderbilt’s next 6 possessions before halftime, they would turn the ball over 4 times. All but one of these turnovers turned into points for the Flyers as they were able to cut the deficit to 8 going into halftime. The Flyers had all of the momentum going into the second half and it showed. Dayton would go on a 27-7 run starting late in the first half and ending midway through the second half. UD would take the lead with 13:06 left in the game and never give it up again.

The win for the Flyers was capped off by a 3 pointer by Kendall Pollard as the shot clock was winding down with 43 seconds left. This put the Flyers up 69-62. The game wasn’t over yet though as Vandy clawed back. With 13 seconds left, Vandy had a chance to tie it with a layup but Wade Baldwin IV missed it. The Flyers struggled to put this game completely away as they missed 3 of 5 free throws down the stretch, but they still managed to come away with the win. This will be a huge resume builder for the Flyers when tournament time comes.

Vanderbilt shot 41.2% (21-51) from the field, 35.3% (6-17) from three and 76% (19-25) from the line. They came out like a house on fire to start the game but only managed to shoot 24% from the field and 22.2% from the three in the second half.

The Commodores grabbed 31 rebounds, had 6 assists, but 13 turnovers. They also managed 6 blocks and 3 steals. Junior big man Damian Jones led the way for the Commodores with 18 points and 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. Sophomore guard Wade Baldwin IV also chipped in 18 points. Sophomore guards Riley LaChance and Matthew Fisher-Davis each scored 11 points for Vandy.

The Flyers shot 45% (27-60) from the field, 33.3% (5-15) from the three and really struggled from the line only shooting 59.1% (13-22). Dayton dominated the boards in this game grabbing 15 offensive boards and 26 defensive boards totaling 41 rebounds. They had only 9 assists and 12 turnovers while swatting one shot.

The Flyers dominated the paint 40-22. UD also had 7 steals. Junior forward Kendall Pollard led the Flyers with 21 points. He also had 3 rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes. Junior guard Scoochie Smith struggled a bit only shooting 5 of 16 from the field but still managed 13 points, 5 boards, 4 assists and 2 steals in 35 minutes. Freshman big man Steve McElvene had 10 points and 9 rebounds in 19 minutes.

Vanderbilt will remain at home and play Wofford on Saturday December, 19th at 6PM.

The Flyers will return home and put a 26 game home winning streak on the line against Chattanooga Saturday December, 12th at 7PM.

Go Flyers!

Alex Handorf ’17

Alex Handorf
Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Currently attending the University of Dayton. I was born as a Flyer and have been going to games since then. I am currently majoring in Sport Management and minoring in business administration and expect to graduate in 2017. I am the head student equipment manager in the Frericks Center equipment room. Follow me on Twitter @Alex_Handorf13. Go Flyers!

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