Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun
The Dayton Flyers took down the George Washington Colonials in front of 12,831 fans at the University of Dayton Arena. The Colonials would be without senior guard Joe McDonald while the Flyers junior guard and leading scorer Charles Cooke would return. The Flyers would be held scoreless for almost three minutes at the start of the game until senior forward Dyshawn Pierre hit a jumper in the paint. He would go on to score the first 8 points for the Flyers. Pierre, who returned in late December, hasn’t seemed his old self until tonight and it really showed. With 8:07 left in the first half, the Flyers would take a 23-15 lead and they seemed to be rolling. The Colonials would then go on an 11-0 run and take the lead at 26-23. This run was led by junior forward Tyler Cavanaugh who hit three threes in three straight possessions. The Flyers and Colonials would trade buckets until halftime and the Flyers would go into halftime with a 35-34 lead thanks to a Pierre three pointer with 4 seconds left in the half. No one could pull away in the second half as the teams continued to trade buckets. This was a typical A10 slug fest between two of the top teams in the conference. The Colonials had a 8-1 run early in the second half that would give them a 4 point lead with 13:42 left. The Flyers would eventually answer and tie the game at 61 with 7:08 to go. The Flyers wouldn’t relinquish the lead for the rest of the game. The lead was never bigger than 8 for either team during the whole game and the Flyers were able to knock down enough free throws at the end to win the game 77-70. George Washington coach Mike Lonergan received a technical foul with 16:31 remaining in the game for arguing with a ref.
George Washington shot 47.4% (27-57) from the field, 50% (11-22) from the three and an embarrassing 33.3% (5-15) from the free throw line. The Colonials pulled down 40 rebounds, had 23 assists, 15 turnovers, 4 blocks and 3 steals. The Colonials were led by Cavanaugh who had 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 37 minutes. Senior forward Kevin Larsen had 16 points and 10 rebounds in 38 minutes. Senior forward Patricio Garino had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 37 minutes.
Dayton shot 42.6% (26-61) from the field, 40.9% (9-22) from the three and an astounding 94.1% (16-17) from the free throw line. The Flyers only had 29 rebounds but still managed to get the win. They had 15 assists to only 6 turnovers. UD also had 4 blocks and 8 steals. The Flyers had a significant advantage in fast break points, 15-4. The Flyers were led by Dyshawn Pierre who had 26 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 0 turnovers in 33 minutes. Junior guard Charles Cooke had a rough night shooting the ball as he had only 15 points on 16 shots. He also had 3 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 30 minutes. Freshman big man Steve McElvene came off the bench for the second straight game and had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 26 minutes. Junior guard Scoochie Smith had 9 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals in 30 minutes.
George Washington (14-4) (3-2 A10) will head back home to Washington, D.C. to take on Rhode Island on Friday, January 22nd at 7PM.
Dayton (14-3) (4-1 A10) will head to Olean, New York to take on Saint Bonaventure Tuesday, January 19th at 7PM.
Alex Handorf ’17