Photo Credit – David Jablonski
Dayton Flyers: 85 Saint Louis Billikens: 63
The Dayton Flyers traveled to Saint Louis to take on the Billikens on Tuesday night. This game was expected to be a mismatch from the beginning. The Flyers are at the top of the conference and the Billikens are near the bottom. Dayton hosted Saint Louis earlier in the year. The Flyers won that game by 21 points. In this game, Dayton played all the way to the final buzzer even with the big lead that they had. The Flyers started this game on fire from the field (7-10). Dayton was struggling early to hold onto the ball though as they committed 7 turnovers in the first 8 minutes of the game. The Flyers were able to do this and still hold a solid lead because the Billikens didn’t get their first bucket until the 13:27 mark and they were 2-15 from the field in the first 12+ minutes of the game. Some of this was poor shooting but a lot of it was from the great defense that the Flyers were playing. Dayton started the game on an 18-4 run and that was pretty much it. Saint Louis only scored 17 points in the first half. They couldn’t do anything right in the half. The halftime lead for the Flyers was 24, 41-17. UD shot 60.9% from the field and 62.5% from the three in the half while Saint Louis only shot 25% from the field and 11.1% from the three. Early in the second half, SLU was able to cut the deficit to 22, 44-22. Dayton went on a 9-0 run after this to make it a 53-22 game. The Flyers largest lead of the game came at the 11:37 mark when they owned a 64-28 advantage. This was Saint Louis’ largest deficit of the season. The Billikens never gave up and fought til the end. The most important thing in this game for the Flyers was getting sophomore forward Josh Cunningham some valuable minutes. He was tied for second on the team with 23. This was his first real action since November 15th. He played against Rhode Island on Friday but only managed 2 minutes.
- 4 – Dayton has had 4 consecutive 20 win seasons.
- 26 – The Flyers had 26 assists on 28 made field goals.
- 33 – UD has won 33 straight games when scoring 80+
- 40 – Dayton is 19-1 on the season when shooting 40% or better.
- 98 – The Flyers senior class set the record for most wins by a class with 98.
Saint Louis shot 38.2% (21-55) from the field, 40% (8-20) from the three point line and 68.4% (13-19) from the free throw line. SLU had 30 rebounds, 15 assists, 15 turnovers, 1 block and 7 steals. Leading the way for the Billikens was junior guard Davell Roby who had 18 points and 4 assists in 33 minutes. Freshman guard/forward Zeke Moore came off the bench and added 11 points in 28 minutes.
Dayton shot 57.1% (28-49) from the field, 50% (9-18) from the three point line and 80% (20-25) from the charity stripe. UD had 29 rebounds, 26 assists, 11 turnovers, 3 blocks and 10 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was senior guard Charles Cooke who had 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes. Josh Cunningham scored 12 points and had 4 assists off the bench in 23 minutes. Senior guard Scoochie Smith had 10 points and 5 assists in 22 minutes.
The Billikens (9-17) (4-9 A10) head to the Bronx to take on Fordham Saturday, February 18th at 1PM.
The Flyers (20-5) (11-2 A10) host St. Bonaventure on Saturday, February 18th at 2PM.
A10 Standings as of 2/14
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