Postgame: Flyers Thump Dukes to Keep Pace Atop A10

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Dayton Flyers: 90  Duquesne Dukes: 53

The Dayton Flyers hosted the reeling Duquesne Dukes Saturday afternoon in front of a sold out University of Dayton Arena. The two teams met earlier this year in Pittsburgh where the Flyers had their way with the Dukes 76-57. Coming into the game, Duquesne was at the bottom of the A10 and the Flyers were at the top. At the 18:04 mark of the first half, the game was tied at 4. The Flyers took complete control over the next 13 minutes as they went on a 33-7 run to take a 37-11 lead. The Dukes couldn’t do anything right during this stretch. After this stretch, senior guard Scoochie Smith was taken out of the game to get some rest. Sophomore guard John Crosby replaced him. The offense seems to sputter when Scoochie isn’t in the game. Over the next 2+ minutes, the Dukes of Duquesne went on an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to 15, 37-22. This would end the runs for the half and the Flyers took a 44-25 lead going into the locker room. Dayton shot 58.1% from the field and 46.2% from the three point line in the first half. The Dukes shot 40% from the field in the half. Duquesne was outrebounded 20-9. The second half was very similar to the first half for both teams. A few buckets were traded early. At the 16:50 mark, the Flyers led 49-31. Over the next 11 minutes, Dayton went on a 33-5 run to take a 46 point lead, 82-36. Duquesne ended the game on a 17-8 run. The Flyers shot 59.4% from the field in the second half. The Dukes only shot 33.3%.

Josh Cunningham Update

Dayton sophomore forward Josh Cunningham went down with an ankle injury in the second game of the season at Alabama. He has been sidelined with a torn ligament since. He returned to practice this week but was limited to non-contact drills. Head coach Archie Miller said he most likely wouldn’t play Tuesday against St. Joe’s but there is a chance that he could play Friday at Rhode Island. The major thing Miller is worried about is that Cunningham gets reps in practice.

By the Numbers:

  • 30 – Dayton had 30 assists on 37 made shots which is tied for third most in school history and the most in a game since 1989.
  • 40 – The Flyers are 16-1 when shooting 40% or better on the season.
  • 95 – Dayton’s senior class now has 95 wins. They need two more to tie the school record.
  • 100 – Senior’s Kendall Pollard and Kyle Davis each shot 100% from the field today.
  • 114 – This was the 114th sellout in UD Arena history.

Duquesne shot 36.4% (20-55) from the field, 28.6% (6-21) from the three point line and 87.5% (7-8) from the free throw line. The Dukes had 26 rebounds, 6 assists, 16 turnovers, 3 blocks and 4 steals. Leading the way for Duquense was freshman forward Isiaha Mike who had 12 points in 25 minutes. Graduate guard Emile Blackman had 10 points and 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. Junior forward Eric James added 11 points in 10 minutes off the bench.

Dayton shot 58.7% (37-63) from the field, 45.8% (11-24) from the three point line and 50% (5-10) from the charity stripe. UD had 40 rebounds, 30 assists, 13 turnovers, 7 blocks and 6 steals. The Flyers dominated in points in the paint, 48-20, points off turnovers, 27-10 and fast break points, 23-6. They also had 20 second chance points to Duquesne’s 10. Leading the way for Dayton was senior forward Kendall Pollard who had 16 points and 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Junior guard Darrell Davis had 13 points in 26 minutes. Senior guard Kyle Davis had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 19 minutes off the bench. Scoochie Smith had 9 points and 8 assists in 23 minutes and senior guard Charles Cooke had 9 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in 28 minutes.

The Dukes (9-15) (2-9 A10) will travel to Saint Louis to take on the Billikens on Saturday, February 11th at 8PM.

The Flyers (17-5) (8-2 A10) will host Saint Joe’s Tuesday, February 7th at 8PM.

A10 Standings as of 2/4

Go Flyers!

Alex Handorf ’17

Alex Handorf

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Currently attending the University of Dayton. I was born as a Flyer and have been going to games since then. I am currently majoring in Sport Management and minoring in business administration and expect to graduate in 2017. I am the head student equipment manager in the Frericks Center equipment room. Follow me on Twitter @Alex_Handorf13. Go Flyers!

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