Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun
On the first day of A10 play, the Flyers picked up a very ugly win at Duquesne. When I say ugly, I mean really ugly. The Dukes of Duquesne shot 15.4% from the field in the first half while the Flyers from Dayton shot 5.9% from the three point line in the first half. The Flyers took only a 5 point lead into the second half, a lead that could have been much wider if they didn’t take 17 threes in the half. One thing that kept the Dukes close in the first half was their free throw shooting. They shot 11 of 13 from the line while the Flyers only had 5 attempts all half, making only two of them. In the second half, both teams shot a bit better but the end results were still ugly. For most of the second half, it was back and forth. The Dukes took the lead with 15:37 left in the game but Dayton junior guard Charles Cooke answered with a three pointer in the following possession and the Flyers would never lose the lead again. Even though they wouldn’t lose the lead, the Dukes kept it close as the Flyers did not have a lead above 7 until there was 1:42 left in the game. Both defenses seemed to play a pretty good game, limiting the opportunity for good shots on both sides. The big difference in the game came from bench as the Flyers outscored the Dukes 25 to 12 in this category. The Flyers would come away with a 66-58 win. It wasn’t pretty, but all that matters is the win at the end of the day.
The Dukes shot 32.7% (17-52) from the field, 16.7% (2-12) from the three and 78.6% (22-28) from the line. They grabbed 44 rebounds but only had 8 assists to 18 turnovers. 8 assists is usually a low number, but when you only make 17 shots, it doesn’t seem as bad. They also had 3 blocks and 3 steals. The Dukes were led by senior guard Derrick Colter who had 14 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 38 minutes. The downfall for Colter in this game was the fact that he turned the ball over 8 times. Junior big man Darius Lewis had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 20 minutes. Sophomore forward Eric James led the Dukes in rebounding with 12. He also put up 7 points in 38 minutes.
The Flyers shot 36.5% (23-63) from the field, 12% (3-25) from the three and 77.3% (17-22) from the line. This was statistically the worst shooting game this year for the Flyers and they still managed to pull out a win. The Flyers collected 39 rebounds while dishing out 16 assists and turning the ball over 10 times. Dayton swatted 4 shots and had 10 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was junior guard Charles Cooke who put up 21 points in 27 minutes. He also had 5 rebounds and 1 assist. Junior guard Scoochie Smith had a tough game shooting the ball as he only had 5 points on 9 shots but he distributed the ball very well. He had 6 assists to 0 turnovers. He also had 3 steals and 2 rebounds in 30 minutes. Sophomore guard Darrell Davis chipped in 9 points off of the bench as did freshman forward Sam Miller which is a season high for him.
The Dukes (10-4) (0-1) head to Davidson, North Carolina to take on Davidson on Wednesday at 7PM.
The Flyers (11-2) (1-0) head back home to take on UMASS Wednesday at 8PM.
Alex Handorf ’17