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Dayton Flyers: 75 Richmond Spiders: 59
The first place Richmond Spiders traveled to the second place Dayton Flyers for a right for first place in the A10. Richmond was the last undefeated team in conference before losing to the Flyers. The atmosphere was electric in the Decibel Dungeon as the students had returned from break and were ready to watch some more Flyer basketball. Dayton senior guard Kyle Davis did not play because of an ankle sprain and a bruised foot. His status going forward is still day to day. The Flyers and Spiders traded buckets early on in the contest. Neither team could get a lead of 4 or more for the first 14 minutes of the game. This was a very closely contested first half until the Flyers blew it open late in the half. The Flyers had a 25-23 lead with 6 minutes to play. Scoochie Smith hit a 3 ball that started a 15-6 run to end the half which gave Dayton a 40-29 halftime lead. The Flyers had a very good half shooting the ball. They were 57.1% from the field and 50% from the three on 14 shots. Meanwhile, Richmond didn’t shoot the three ball well as they attempted 12 and only made 1 (8.3%). Dayton was able to build on their first half momentum as they quickly took a 14 point lead in the first couple minutes of the second half. With 17:28 left in the game, the Flyers had a 45-31 lead. The Spiders weren’t quite ready to give up. Over the next 5+ minutes, Richmond went on a 16-2 run to tie the game at 47. Dayton was struggling to hold on to the ball and couldn’t buy a shot. The Flyers were able to quickly turn it around and finish the game on a 28-12 run. Dayton’s defense turned the Spiders over 7 times in the span of 5 minutes during this run. They were also able to force a bunch of bad shots. The Flyers only shot 36.8% from the field in the second half and 14.3% from the three. Dayton now sits in first place in the A10. They are in a 3-way tie with La Salle and Richmond but hold the tiebreaker over both.
By the Numbers:
- The win over Richmond gave Dayton 1600 wins in program history and 200 A10 wins.
- 40 is still the number! The Flyers are 13-0 when shooting 40 percent or better.
- Richmond senior guard ShawnDre Jones was held to 1 point on 0-9 from the field. He was averaging nearly 17 points a game.
- Flyers rank top 10 in the country in defensive efficiency.
The Spiders shot 41.8% (23-55) from the field, 10% (2-20) from the three point line and 73.3% (11-15) from the free throw line. Richmond had 30 rebounds, 13 assists, 14 turnovers, 1 block and 4 steals. They were led by senior forward TJ Cline who had 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 36 minutes. Sophomore guard Khwan Fore had 19 points in 27 minutes.
The Flyers shot 48.9% (23-47) from the field, 38.1% (8-21) from the three point line and 80.8% (21-26) from the charity stripe. Dayton had 31 rebounds, 10 assists, 14 turnovers, 2 blocks and 9 steals. Leading the way for UD was senior guard Charles Cooke who had 17 points in 37 minutes. Senior guard Scoochie Smith had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes. Junior guard Darrell Davis scored 11 points in a game high 38 minutes. Sophomore forwards Ryan Mikesell and Xeyrius Williams each had 11 points. Mikesell grabbed 7 rebounds while Williams had 6. Senior forward Kendall Pollard struggled to stay on the floor as he was plagued by foul trouble. He managed 8 points and 6 rebounds in only 20 minutes.
Richmond (11-7) (5-1 A10) will travel back home to take on George Mason in the Robins Center on Sunday, January 22nd at 1PM.
Dayton (14-4) (5-1 A10) plays another home game Sunday, January 22nd against Saint Louis at 2PM.
A10 Standings as of 1/19
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