Photo Credit – David Jablonski
UMASS Minutemen – 67 Dayton Flyers – 55
The Dayton Flyers had not won a game at UMASS since February 2004. This streak would continue Wednesday night as the Flyers struggled to shoot the ball all night. The Minutemen took advantage and sent the Flyers home with a loss. Dayton senior guard Charles Cooke returned to action after missing 2 straight games. It was very noticeable, especially in the second half, that he wasn’t ready to play the minutes that he did. He was gassed. Dayton was able to take an early 6-2 lead but UMASS quickly evened the score up at 10. The Flyers would then take a 15-10 lead with 12:29 left. Over the next 8+ minutes, the Minutemen went on a 24-6 run to take control of the game 34-21. Dayton was able to cut the deficit to 7 but still trailed at the half. The Flyers started the second half on a 17-4 run to even the game at 38. UMASS countered the Flyers run with a 14-3 run of their own. This gave them a 52-41 lead with 7:32 left. Dayton would get within 7 with 1:39 left but they couldn’t get any closer than that. This game was built solely on runs for each team. Dayton didn’t have it Wednesday night. They seemed to struggle in all aspects of the game. There were guys out of place on defense constantly and a lot of standing around on offense that led to bad shots. Dayton has to put this game behind them and get ready for Duquesne on Saturday.
By the Numbers:
- Dayton is 1-4 on the season when shooting below 40%.
- Cooke’s double digit streak ends at 17.
- First time the Flyers have lost a second half all season.
UMASS shot 41% (25-61) from the field, 28.6% (6-21) from the three point line and 47.8% (11-23) from the charity stripe. The Minutemen had 44 rebounds, 16 assists, 17 turnovers, 7 blocks and 8 steals. They had a significant advantage in points in the paint 32-20. Leading the way for the Minutemen was freshman guard Luwane Pipkins who had 17 points in 32 minutes. Sophomore big man Rashaan Holloway had 14 points and 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. Freshman guard DeJon Jarreau had 13 points, 7 boards, 6 assists and 3 blocks in 22 minutes.
Dayton shot 31.6% (18-57) from the field, 30% (6-20) from long distance and 59.1% (13-22) from the free throw line. They had 37 rebounds, 12 assists, 19 turnovers, 6 blocks and 14 steals. The Flyers were led by senior guard Kyle Davis who had 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Davis was the only player in double digits for the Flyers. Charles Cooke came off the bench and scored 9 points on 11 shots while turning the ball over 7 times in just 23 minutes. Sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams led the Flyers in rebounding with 10.
The Minutemen (11-6) (1-3 A10) head to Kingston, Rhode Island to take on the Rams on Sunday, January 15th at 2:30PM.
The Flyers (12-4) (3-1 A10) head to Pittsburgh to take on the Dukes of Duquesne Saturday, January 14th at 12PM.
Alex Handorf ’17