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The Dayton Flyers opened up the season with the Austin Peay Governors on Friday night. Before the game, the late Steve McElvene was honored with a video clip shown on the scoreboard. His family was welcomed with a standing ovation as McElvene’s A10 championship ring was presented to them. The Flyers will wear a commemorative patch for McElvene this season.
The Flyers came out like a house on fire. They took a 16-4 lead in the first five minutes thanks to 10 quick points by Charles Cooke. After a timeout, Austin Peay was able to cut the lead to as little as four midway through the first half. The Flyers steadily pulled away after the Governors threatened. UD took a 44-27 lead into the locker room. They opened up the second half with a 13-4 run to stretch the lead to 26. The Governors struggled for the rest of the game and the Flyers would coast to 1-0 with a 96-68 win. Austin Peay never held a lead in the game. Senior forward Kendall Pollard did not suit up for the Flyers because of a thigh contusion.
The Governors shot 39.3% (22-56) from the field, 31.8% (7-22) from the three point line and 73.9% (17-23) from the charity stripe. Junior guard Josh Robinson led the Governors with 26 points in 40 minutes of action. Sophomore forward Chris Porter-Bunton was the only other double-digit scorer for the Governors with 10. He also chipped in 8 rebounds in 21 minutes.
The Flyers shot 54.4% (37-68) from the field, 40.6% (13-32) from the three and 60% (9-15) from the free throw line. Dayton was led by senior guard Charles Cooke who had a career high 31 points in 28 minutes. Junior guard Darrell Davis added 17 points in 21 minutes off of the bench. Sophomore forward Josh Cunningham had 13 points and 6 rebounds in his debut with the Flyers. He was held to 19 minutes because of foul trouble. Senior point guard Scoochie Smith filled the stat sheet with 11 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals in 25 minutes. Sophomore forward Sam Miller added 10 off of the bench.
Austin Peay (0-1) (0-0 OVC) will head back home to take on Oakland City Monday, November 14th at 7PM.
Dayton (1-0) (0-0 A10) will head to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama in the Tip-Off Marathon Tuesday, November 15th at 1:15PM.
Alex Handorf ’17