Photo Credit – David Jablonski
Dayton Flyers: 90 St. Bonaventure Bonnies: 74
The Dayton Flyers headed out to Olean, New York to take on the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in one of the toughest places to play in the Atlantic 10. The Flyers were without their leading scorer and rebounder, senior guard Charles Cooke. Cooke took a nasty spill Friday against La Salle and was a game time decision. Junior guard Darrell Davis was also a game time decision because of a hamstring injury. He started in place of the injured Cooke. Both teams started this one out very ugly. They missed a combined 8 shots in the first 2 minutes of the game. The Bonnies opened up the scoring at the 18:16 mark when freshman forward Josh Ayeni hit an open 15 footer. The Flyers then went on a 10-2 run to take a 10-4 lead with 14:41 left in the half. With 7:54 left, Dayton trailed by one, 17-16, but the Bonnies got to the rim 3 straight times to go on a quick 6-0 run that forced Flyer coach Archie Miller to call a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, the Flyers went on a 11-3 run of their own while hitting three 3-pointers in the span of 47 seconds to take a 27-26 lead with 3:43 left. Dayton took a 35-31 lead into the locker room. The Flyers were able to hold one of the best back courts in basketball, junior guards Matt Mobley and Jaylen Adams, to only 12 points in the first half on 12 shots. Dayton started off the second half with a quick 3 point play by senior forward Kendall Pollard. Each team traded baskets for a little bit but the Flyers were able to pull away little by little. They took a double digit lead just a few minutes into the second half and would continue to have success as the Bonnies only got within 6 for the rest of the game. With 3:58 left in the game, St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt picked up a frustration technical foul. The Flyers would lead by as many as 18 in the second half.
By the Numbers:
- Flyers shot 69.2% (18-26) in the second half (7-11 from 3).
- 80 is the magic number. Dayton has won 31 straight games when scoring 80+.
- When the Flyers shoot 40% from the field, they are 10-0 on the season.
St. Bonaventure shot 37.9% (25-66) from the field, 31.8% (7-22) from the three point line and 63% (17-27) from the free throw line. They had 40 rebounds, 12 assists, 9 turnovers, 6 blocks and 5 steals. Leading the way for the Bonnies was Jaylen Adams who had 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 39 minutes. Matt Mobley had 20 points in 39 minutes. Josh Ayeni had 12 points in 24 minutes and senior forward Denzel Gregg had 10 points, 9 boards and 5 blocks in 37 minutes.
Dayton shot 51.8% (29-56) from the field, 60.9% (14-23) from the three and 72% (18-25) from the charity stripe. The Flyers had 35 rebounds, 18 assists, 12 turnovers, 6 blocks and 6 steals. Leading the way for UD was senior forward Kendall Pollard who scored 21 points in only 16 minutes. Senior guard Scoochie Smith had 17 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. Senior guard Kyle Davis had 16 points, 7 assists and 5 assists in 37 minutes. Sophomore forwards Ryan Mikesell and Xeyrius Williams scored 16 and 14 respectively.
The Bonnies (9-5) (1-1 A10) stay at home and take on George Mason Saturday, January 7th at 5PM.
The Flyers (11-3) (2-0 A10) head back home for a huge A10 match up Friday, January 6th at 7PM against Rhode Island.
Alex Handorf ’17