Photo Credit: David Jablonski
Dayton Flyers: 83 Winthrop Eagles: 67
The Dayton Flyers hosted the Winthrop Eagles on Saturday, December 3rd in front of a nearly sold out crowd. It was announced before the game that senior forward Kendall Pollard would make his long awaited 2016 debut and it did not disappoint. Pollard entered the game at the 13:49 mark in the first half and the crowd erupted!
The Flyers opened the game on a 14-5 run in the first 5+ minutes of the game. They are starting to set the tone for games recently. The Eagles erased this deficit over the next 5 minutes and would tie the game with 9:39 left in the half. After Winthrop took a 24-23 lead on a three pointer by senior guard Keon Johnson, the Flyers would finish the half on a 10-3 run to take a 33-27 lead into the locker room. The second half started fairly slow for each team. Neither team could get a solid lead in the first 7 minutes. Dayton would then go on a 10-2 run over the next 2 minutes to take an 11 point lead, 53-42. Winthrop battled back to make it a 5 point game, 57-52 with 8:39 left. The Flyers would then put the pedal to the metal and go on a 10-0 run and never look back. The lead would get as big as 18 before the Flyers won by 16. Pollard sparked Dayton in the second half. He scored all 12 of his points in the half in only 13 minutes. He doesn’t quite look like his old self, but he will get there soon enough. During a second half scuffle, junior forward Xavier Cooks of Winthrop and sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams of the Flyers each picked up a technical foul.
The Eagles shot 41.4% (24-58) from the field, 28.6% (8-28) from the three point line and 78.6% (11-14) from the free throw line. Winthrop snagged 27 rebounds and had 10 assists, 15 turnovers, 6 blocks and 5 steals. The Eagles were led by Keon Johnson who had 24 points on 18 shots in 37 minutes. Xavier Cooks managed 14 points and 4 rebounds in only 22 minutes because of foul trouble. Junior guard Anders Broman came off the bench and had 12 points in 25 minutes.
The Flyers shot 51.6% (32-62) from the field, 28.6% (4-14) from three and 60% (15-25) from the line. Dayton dominated the boards with 45. They had 13 assists, 15 turnovers, 4 blocks and 8 steals. They also dominated the paint 54-28 and fast break points 14-0. The Flyers were led by senior guard Charles Cooke who had 20 points and 6 rebounds in 35 minutes. Senior guard Scoochie Smith had 15 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in 29 minutes. Senior guard Kyle Davis had 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 28 minutes.
Winthrop (4-3) (0-0 Big South) heads back home to take on Greensboro College Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30PM.
Dayton (5-2) (0-0 A10) stays at home to take on Saint Joseph’s College (IND.) Tuesday, December 6th at 7PM.
Alex Handorf ’17