Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun
The return of senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had a great ending for him and the team as the Flyers were able to prevail in overtime against the Arkansas Razorbacks in front of a sold out crowd at the University of Dayton Arena. The Flyers are now 30-11 against the Power 5 conferences in the last nine years and have won 13 of their last 16 against the SEC. This win also marked Archie Miller’s 100th career win. Dayton opened up the game on a 11-0 run and it would get worse as the Flyers led 30-7 with 10:11 left in the first half. Game over right? Wrong.
Things would start to get interesting as the Razorbacks would end the half on a 27-8 run to cut the Flyers lead to only 4 at halftime. This run was led by junior forward Moses Kingsley who led all scorers with 16 points in the first half on 5 of 7 shooting and 6 of 6 at the line. In the second half, the Flyers would push the lead to as much as 8 but it was mostly back and forth for the entire second half. The Razorbacks took their first lead of the game, 62-61, with 7:32 left in the game. Fast forward to 32 seconds left in the game where the Flyers have a 71-69 lead. The Razorbacks have the ball and sophomore guard Anton Beard drives the lane and misses a layup with 16 seconds to go.
The Flyers would get the ball back and have the opportunity to pretty much put the game away with junior guard Kyle Davis at the free throw line. Davis misses both free throws and then fouls Anton Beard with 8 seconds to go. Beard then misses the front end of a 1 and 1 and Davis would be at the line again for the Flyers. Davis makes the first and misses the second. Senior guard Anthlon Bell hits a contested 3 with just over a second left for the Razorbacks and the game goes to overtime.
The Flyers were 2 of 8 in the last six minutes of the game from the free throw line. In overtime, the Razorbacks would take a 4 point lead with 2:39 left. The Flyers would then go on a 7-0 run helped by two crucial Arkansas turnovers. The Flyers had a 82-79 lead with 12 seconds left. They would go on to win the game 85-81, but a couple more missed free throws made this game very interesting.
The Razorbacks shot 45.9% (28-61) from the field, 33.3% (5-15) from the three and 71.4% (20-28) from the free throw line. Arkansas failed to make a three in the first half while attempting 6. They managed 39 rebounds and had 14 assists to 16 turnovers. They also had 4 blocks and 4 steals. The Razorbacks were led by Moses Kingsley who had 26 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks and a steal in a team high 40 minutes. Senior guard Jabril Durham had 12 points and 5 assists. Anton Beard and junior guard Dusty Hannahs came off the bench and chipped in 15 points and 13 points respectively.
The Flyers shot 46.4% (26-56) from the field, 33.3% (8-24) from the three and 69.4% (25-36) from the free throw line. Dayton managed to pull down 36 rebounds and had 16 assists to 14 turnovers. This is only the second game this year that the Flyers have won while getting out rebounded. They also had 6 blocks and 7 steals. The Flyers were led by junior guard Charles Cooke who had 18 points and 9 rebounds in 35 minutes. Junior guard Scoochie Smith had 15 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds in a game high 41 minutes. Junior forward Kendall Pollard had 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes. Junior guard Kyle Davis had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Sophomore guard Darrell Davis chipped in 12 points coming off of the bench.
The star of the night in my opinion had to be senior forward Dyshawn Pierre who made his return after being suspended for the Fall semester. He managed 11 points, 4 rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes. You could tell that the offense ran so much better when he was in the game. He was the missing piece to this Flyers team. When asked about Dyshawn Pierre after the game, coach Archie Miller had this to say about him, “I knew deep down inside, I was going to play Dyshawn Pierre as many minutes as I could. I just hope he can walk tomorrow.”
@DyshawnPierre Dyshawn’s standing ovation! #UDFlyerNation pic.twitter.com/WcDGDlwwUT
Alex Handorf ’17