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Dayton Flyers: 67 Saint Louis Billikens: 46
The Dayton Flyers hosted the Saint Louis Billikens on Sunday afternoon in front of an almost sold out (13,338) University of Dayton Arena. Flyer senior guard Kyle Davis would miss his second straight game due to a bruised foot and sprained ankle. From the sounds of it, he should be back for the big match up against VCU Friday. Saint Louis, one of the worst teams in the A10, have been struggling most of the year. They have lost 6 of their last 7 games and not much would change for the Billikens Sunday. They came into the game as a 22 point underdog. Early on, Saint Louis seemed like a completely different team. They took a 10-4 lead in the first 3 minutes of the game. The Flyers seemed to snap out of whatever kind of trance they happened to be in after this. Dayton senior forward Kendall Pollard hit a bunny in the paint and then senior guard Scoochie Smith hit back to back 3’s that sparked a 27-8 run to close out the first half. This run started at the 16:57 mark. The Billikens wouldn’t score again until the 6:44 mark of the half. The Flyers took a 31-18 lead into the locker room. This lead could have been much more but Dayton didn’t capitalize as much as they could have. Saint Louis started the scoring in the second half after freshman forward Jalen Johnson hit a jumper in their first possession. Dayton went on a 17-4 run over the next 6 minutes to take a commanding 48-24 lead with 13:39 left. This run put the game away. The Flyers took their biggest lead of the game at the 10:58 mark, 56-28. Give SLU credit though as they didn’t give up. They kept cutting the lead little by little but the Flyers were too much for the Billikens.
Josh Cunningham Update
After the game, Archie Miller was asked about Sophomore forward Josh Cunningham who injured his left ankle late in the game against Alabama earlier this season. Archie said that if Cunningham looks good enough in practice that he will play at some point this season but only if he is 100%. He also said that Cunningham intends to play again at some point this season. Cunningham was originally thought to be lost for the season. This is a game changer for the Flyers if he is able to come back and provide some minutes.
By the Numbers:
- 40% – Flyers are undefeated, 14-0, when shooting 40% or better.
- 18 – Dayton has outscored 18 of the 19 teams they’ve played this year in the second half.
- In the last 3 games, UD has held its opponents to 13.3% (8-60) from the 3 point line.
- Saint Louis hasn’t scored 50 or more points in the last 5 games against the Flyers.
- 0 – The amount of games the Flyers have played this season at full-strength
Saint Louis shot 30% (15-50) from the field, 15.8% (3-19) from the three point line and 76.5% (13-17) from the free throw line. The Billikens had 32 rebounds, 8 assists, 14 turnovers, 2 blocks and 4 steals. Leading the way for SLU was senior guard Mike Crawford who had 11 points and 8 rebounds in 37 minutes.
Dayton shot 42.6% (20-47) from the field, 41.7% (10-24) from the three and 81% (17-21) from the charity stripe. The Flyers had 35 rebounds, 15 assists, 10 turnovers, 7 blocks and 6 steals. They had a substantial advantage in points off turnovers, 17-5. Leading the way for UD was Scoochie Smith who had 19 points in 34 minutes. Senior guard Charles Cooke had 15 points, 9 rebounds and a career high 6 assists in 34 minutes.
The Billikens (5-14) (1-6 A10) head back home to take on UMASS Wednesday, January 25th at 7PM.
The Flyers (15-4) (6-1 A10) head to Richmond, Virginia on Friday, January 27th to take on VCU in a huge conference match up. Catch the game on ESPN2 at 9PM.
A10 Standings as of 1/22
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