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Dayton Flyers: 77 St. Joe’s Hawks: 70
The St. Joe’s Hawks traveled to Dayton, Ohio to take on the Flyers on Tuesday in front of a nearly sold out University of Dayton Arena. The Hawks were without two of their starters, junior forward James Demery and sophomore guard Chris Clover due to undisclosed illnesses. St. Joe’s has been missing junior guard Shavar Newkirk due to a knee injury that happened in late December. Even though the Hawks were very undermanned, they put up a fight against the league leading Flyers. Dayton started the game shooting only 4-16 from the field while the Hawks started 6-15 from the field. Neither team was able to gain any momentum in the first half. The Flyers looked very uninterested and sloppy in the half while St. Joe’s was playing like they had nothing to lose. With 6:29 to go in the first half, Flyers junior guard Darrell Davis had a nice behind the back pass to senior forward Kendall Pollard on a fast break that Pollard slammed home. This gave the Flyers their biggest lead of the half, 23-18. Dayton and St. Joe’s were all tied up at 32 after Flyers senior guard Charles Cooke and Hawks sophomore guard Lamarr Kimble traded three pointers in the final seconds of the first half. Both teams traded buckets early in the second half. Dayton had a 41-39 lead with 17:10 left in the game. Dayton senior forward Kendall Pollard hit a fast break jumper that sparked a 19-7 run over the next 8+ minutes that gave the Flyers a 60-46 lead with 8:38 to go. The Hawks didn’t give up as they posted a 7-0 run over the next minute and a half to cut the deficit to 7, 60-53. With 3:42 to go, Lamarr Kimble hit a 3 to bring the Hawks within 3, 66-63. This was the closest St. Joe’s got as the Flyers hit their free throws late to close out the game.
Josh Cunningham Update
Flyers Head Coach Archie Miller said in his presser after the game that Cunningham is ready to go. “Josh is available to play now,” said Miller. He also said that they need to figure out how to work him in. The game at Rhode Island on Friday could be the game that they get him some minutes.
By the Numbers:
- 18 – Dayton had 18 fastbreak points to St. Joe’s 2.
- 40 – The Flyers are 17-1 when shooting 40% or better on the season.
- 96 – Dayton’s senior class now has 96 wins, 1 away from tying the school record of 97.
St. Joe’s shot 43.1% (25-58) from the field, 30.8% (8-26) from the three point line and 92.3% (12-13) from the free throw line. The Hawks had 31 rebounds, 14 assists, 10 turnovers, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Leading the way for St. Joe’s was Lamarr Kimble who had 25 points and 10 assists (his first career double double) in 40 minutes. Freshman forward Charlie Brown had 17 points and 5 rebounds in 40 minutes.
Dayton shot 43.3% (26-60) from the field, 37% (10-27) from the three point line and 83.3% (15-18) from the charity stripe. UD had 37 rebounds, 14 assists, 10 turnovers, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was Kendall Pollard who had 19 points in 33 minutes. Charles Cooke had 16 points in 29 minutes. Senior guard Scoochie Smith had 13 points and 8 assists in 31 minutes. Sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams came off the bench and added 11 points and 7 boards in 21 minutes.
The Hawks (10-13) (3-8 A10) head back home to Hagan Arena to take on UMASS Saturday, February 11th at 2:30PM.
The Flyers (18-5) (9-2 A10) head to Kingston, Rhode Island to take on the Rhode Island Rams on Friday, February 10th at 7PM. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
A10 Standings as of 2/7
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