Postgame: Flyers Rally from Down 15 to Beat St. Bonaventure

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Dayton Flyers: 76  St. Bonaventure Bonnies: 72

A sold out University of Dayton Arena welcomed the Bonnies of St. Bonaventure on Saturday afternoon. The Flyers were looking to get their 6th straight win to keep pace with VCU at the top of the Atlantic 10. UD beat St. Bonaventure at the Reilly Center in early January 90-74. Dayton took an early 2-0 lead but then struggled for the first part of the half. The Bonnies went on a 26-9 run over the next 12+ minutes to take a 26-11 lead with 7:20 to go in the half. The Flyers couldn’t get anything going. St. Bonaventure played a 2-3 zone for almost the entire first half and Dayton’s offense seemed to be sleepwalking. Clank after clank from down low and missed 3 after missed 3. UD was 4-15 to start the game while St. Bonaventure was 9-14 early. The Flyers needed someone to turn the game around and they got just that. Senior guard Scoochie Smith hit a couple of free throws and a couple of 3 pointers that sparked a 23-8 run to end the half. Dayton trailed 34-28 at the half. The Flyers were able to tie the game and then take the lead with a 10-4 start to the second half. Both teams then traded buckets for the majority of the half. Dayton was able to get a lead as big as 8 but this lead would not last very long. St. Bonaventure wouldn’t go away. After a barrage of free throws late in the game and a three from Bonny guard Jaylen Adams from about 35 feet, the Flyers were able to prevail and stay atop the A10.  A big turning point in this game happened at the 18:40 mark in the second half when St. Bonaventure freshman forward Josh Ayeni picked up a technical foul during a tie up situation. The Bonnies were going to have the ball up 4 points but instead, the Flyers got a couple free throws and the possession. Dayton capitalized and got 3 points out of the possession and then tied the game up in the following possession. The junior backcourt tandem for the Bonnies, Matt Mobley and Jaylen Adams, did not leave the floor while combining for 49 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

By the Numbers: 

  • 19 – The Flyers are 19-0 when leading with 5 minutes to go in regulation.
  • 35 – Jaylen Adams scored a career high 35 points for the Bonnies.
  • 40 – Dayton is now 20-1 on the season when shooting 40% or better.

St. Bonaventure shot 42.3% (22-52) from the field, 41.2% (7-17) from the three point line and 77.8% (21-27) from the free throw line. The Bonnies had 33 rebounds, 13 assists, 14 turnovers, 6 blocks and 3 steals. Leading the way for St. Bonaventure was Jaylen Adams who had 35 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in 40 minutes. Matt Mobley had 14 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in 40 minutes.

Dayton shot 43.8% (21-48) from the field, 42.9% (6-14) from the three point line and 71.8% (28-39) from the charity stripe. UD had 31 rebounds, 14 assists, 12 turnovers, 4 blocks and 5 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was Scoochie Smith who had 19 points (11-14 from the line) in 34 minutes. Senior forward Kendall Pollard had 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes. Senior guard Charles Cooke had 13 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds in 35 minutes.

The Bonnies (16-10) (8-6 A10) travel to Philadelphia to face Saint Joe’s Wednesday, February 22nd at 7PM.

The Flyers (21-5) (12-2 A10) remain home and take on George Mason Tuesday, February 21st at 7PM.

A10 Standings as of 2/18

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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