Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun
Dayton 64, Miami of Ohio 63
With 2.1 seconds left, Dayton guard Kyle Davis got the ball in the corner, drove towards the lane and threw up a contested floater that went in. Miami Redhawks guard Eric Washington put up a half court prayer that was not answered and the Flyers prevailed 64-63 over their in state rival. This was one of those typical games that looks very ugly from start to finish between the Redhawks and the Flyers but all that matters at the end of the day is the W. The Flyers had plenty of issues in the first half for a second straight game. They shot 33.3% from the field, only making 9 shots in the half and were out rebounded. Miami shot the ball a lot better (58.3%) but only managed to have a two point lead going into the locker room. The Flyers came out of the locker room and went on a 17-5 run to take a 10 point lead with 15 minutes left. Many thought that this would be it for the Redhawks but they refused to go away. The scrappy bunch kept it very close during the rest of the game and even had a lead with a minute and a half to go. That all changed with 2.1 seconds left and the Flyers would come away with a huge win over a struggling Redhawks team. A big moment in this game was when Miami’s coach John Cooper was T’ed up early in the second half. Kyle Davis hit both of the technical free throws and that turned out to be the difference in the game. This could have been one of those really bad losses that the committee looks at in March. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre was expected to return tonight after his fall semester suspension but he was in street clothes and did not play.
Miami shot 46.4% (26-56) from the field, 46.2% (6-13) from three and 71.4% (5-7) from the free throw line. They were able to pull down 32 boards, 13 of them being offensive. They had 10 assists, 11 turnovers, 2 blocks and 7 steals. They outscored the Flyers bench 24-10. Eric Washington led the Redhawks in scoring with 15 points. He also had 5 assists but turned the ball over 6 times in 31 minutes. Senior guard Geovonie McKnight scored 12 points in 30 minutes of play and sophomore guard Abdoulaye Harouna came off the bench and chipped in 11 points.
Dayton shot 47.9% (23-48) from the field, 40.9% (9-22) from three and an abysmal 56.3% (9-16) from the line. The Flyers pulled down 29 rebounds. This is the first time that the Flyers have been out rebounded this year and came away with a win. They had 15 assists, 15 turnovers, 7 blocks and 3 steals. Dayton was led by junior guard Charles Cooke who scored 21 points. He also had 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, a steal and 5 turnovers. Kyle Davis had 12 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds in 27 minutes. Freshman big man Steve McElvene scored 10 points and had 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in a season high 34 minutes. Junior guard Scoochie Smith dealt with foul trouble most of the game and only managed 3 points and 4 assists.
The Redhawks will head back to Oxford and take on South Carolina State Saturday, January 2nd at 3:30PM.
The Flyers will welcome Arkansas to UD Arena Wednesday, December 30th at 8PM.
Alex Handorf ’17