Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun
In front of a sold out crowd at the University of Dayton Arena, the Flyers were able to use a strong second half to manhandle the Saint Louis Billikens 73-37. After each team had managed just 10 points in the first twelve and a half minutes of the game, junior guard Scoochie Smith hit a three that would spark a 13-2 run that would put the Flyers ahead 23-12 with 2:09 left in the first half. The Flyers headed into the locker room only up 9 after an awful half by both teams. The Billikens were shooting 26.7% from the field at this point and the Flyers were only a little bit better at 37%. I don’t know what Archie Miller said to the Flyers at halftime, but boy did they come out like a house on fire. They would hit 8 of their first 9 shots and run away with the game. At the 16:05 mark in the second half, the Flyers had already built a 38-21 lead but it would only get worse for the Billikens. Dayton would then go on a 21 to 3 run to make the score 59-24. The lead for the Flyers would increase to 39 with just under two minutes to go. Saint Louis managed to have a second half that was just as bad as the first. Credit Dayton’s defense in this game as they held the Billikens to their lowest point total of the season.
Saint Louis shot 27.3% (15-55) from the field, 12.5% (3-24) from the three point line and 36.4% (4-11) from the free throw line. The Billikens couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn tonight. They managed to pull down only 29 rebounds and had only 6 assists to 14 turnovers. Saint Louis also managed 4 steals. Junior forward Reggie Agbeko and sophomore guards Miles Reynolds and Davell Roby each had 6 points for the Billikens.
Dayton shot 47.2% (25-53) from the field, 25% (5-20) from the three point line and 62.1% (18-29) from the free throw line. The Flyers pulled down 50 rebounds while having 15 assists to 10 turnovers. They also had 10 blocks and 3 steals. UD had a significant advantage in points in the paint, 34 to 18. Leading the way for the Flyers was junior forward Kendall Pollard who managed 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists in only 25 minutes. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes. Junior guard Charles Cooke had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 25 minutes. Freshman big man Steve McElvene had 7 points, 7 rebounds and tied a school record with 6 blocks in 16 minutes.
Saint Louis (8-12) (3-5 A10) will head back home to Chaifetz Arena to take on Duquesne Saturday, January 30th at 5PM.
Dayton (17-3) (7-1 A10) will stay at home and take on La Salle Saturday, January 30th at 2PM. La Salle is the only team that has beaten UD in the Atlantic 10 this year so the Flyers will be looking for revenge.
Alex Handorf ’17