Photo Credit – David Jablonski
Dayton Flyers: 89 Davidson Wildcats: 82 F/OT
The Dayton Flyers traveled down to Davidson, North Carolina to take on the Davidson Wildcats Friday night on ESPN2. With a big match up on Wednesday with VCU, some could see this as a trap game for the Flyers. Dayton seems to struggle when they play at Davidson so there was no guarantee of an 8th straight win for the Flyers. There was very little defense being played early on. Dayton started 6-7 from the field while Davidson started 6-9. The Flyers and Wildcats fought back and forth for most of the first half. Neither team could separate themselves from the other as the largest lead in the half was 6 by Davidson. The Flyers took a 46-45 lead into the half. This was the most points the Flyers have given up in the first half all season. Dayton finished the half on a 15-7 run. This lead was a positive for the Flyers as they turned the ball over 11 times in the half and didn’t play good defense. Davidson was able to shoot 52.9% for the half. The Flyers and Wildcats kept trading punches early in the second half. The score was tied at 56 when Davidson went on a 14-1 run to take a 70-57 lead at the 7:58 mark. Dayton was held scoreless for a 6 minute stretch during this run. The Flyers answered this run with a 17-4 run of their own to force the game into overtime. Senior guard Jack Gibbs had a decent look at a step back three to take a lead late that clanked off the front of the rim for the Wildcats. Senior forward Kendall Pollard grabbed the rebound for the Flyers and heaved one up from about 40 feet that almost went in. Flyer senior guard Scoochie Smith took over the overtime period. He scored the first 11 points for the Flyers. He hit three straight three pointers followed by a layup. He went on an 11-4 run by himself that ended Davidson’s chance at an upset. Dayton came back from a double digit deficit for the second straight game.
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By the Numbers:
- 7 – Dayton finished the month of February 7-0. This is the first perfect February since the 1970-1971 season.
- 35 – The Flyers have won 35 straight games when scoring 80+.
- 40 – Dayton is now 22-1 on the season when shooting 40% or better.
- 54 – Wildcat players Jack Gibbs and Peyton Aldridge combined for 54 points. On the season, they averaged 41 a game.
- 82 – Flyers allowed a season high 82 points to the Wildcats. Coming into the game, Dayton had the best scoring defense in the A10 at 64.2 points a game.
Davidson shot 49.2% (31-63) from the field, 31% (9-29) from the three point line and 57.9% (11-19) from the free throw line. The Wildcats had 31 rebounds, 17 assists, 16 turnovers, 4 blocks and 7 steals. Davidson was led by Jack Gibbs who scored 27 points and had 6 assists (6 turnovers), 3 rebounds and 3 steals in 45 minutes. Junior forward Peyton Aldridge also added 27 points and had 7 rebounds in 45 minutes. Freshman guard Jon Axel Gudmundsson had 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Dayton shot 48% (24-50) from the field, 45.4% (10-22) from the three point line and 68.9% (31-45) from the charity stripe. UD had 42 rebounds, 14 assists, 19 turnovers, 3 blocks and 13 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was Kendall Pollard who recorded his second double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds in 35 minutes. He also had 4 steals. Senior guard Charles Cooke had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in 39 minutes. Scoochie Smith had 17 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in 35 minutes. Sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams had 17 points and 7 rebounds in 31 minutes.
The Wildcats (14-13) (7-9 A10) host St. Bonaventure on Tuesday, February 28th at 7PM.
The Flyers (23-5) (14-2 A10) head back home to take on VCU Wednesday, March 1st at 8PM. This game could decide the regular season champion.
A10 Standings as of 2/24
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