Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun
The newly ranked Dayton Flyers (25) put an absolute beat down on the Minutemen from UMASS 93-63 in the A10 home opener for the Flyers. The Minutemen took their one and only lead with 18 minutes to go into the first half when sophomore guard Donte Clark hit a three pointer to make the score 3-2. The Flyers held a 5 point lead with 12:50 left in the first half when freshman guard John Crosby sparked an 8-0 run that really hurt the Minutemen. The Flyers would go into the half up 40-24 and the lead would only balloon from there. UMASS never got the deficit under 16 points and the Flyers would cruise the rest of the way. John Crosby would have a break out game for the Flyers with 11 points and 5 assists. Crosby played a ton of garbage minutes because of the large lead the Flyers held but it was great to see him step up and let head coach Archie Miller know that he is an option at point guard. Dayton only had one player play more than 30 minutes which is great. This will give some of the starters a bit of a rest going forward. UD was without junior forward Kendall Pollard because of an Achilles strain. Pollard is an integral part of this team and it will be interesting to see how long that he will be held out.
UMASS shot 44% (22-50) from the field, 20% (3-15) from three and 66.7% (16-24) from the free throw line. They pulled down 24 rebounds and only had 7 assists to 16 turnovers. They also had 3 blocks and 4 steals. Leading the way for the Minutemen was senior guard Trey Davis who had 21 points and 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. Donte Clark also chipped in 21 points in 32 minutes. Graduate student Antwan Space contributed in every facet of the game as he managed 6 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and a steal in a game high 34 minutes.
The Flyers shot 56.7% (34-60) from the field, 44% (11-25) from three and 77.8% (14-18) from the free throw line. Dayton grabbed 36 rebounds and had 25 assists to only 12 turnovers. They also blocked 2 shots and had 7 steals. The Flyers dominated points off turnovers (26-8) and bench points (35-11). Leading the way for the Flyers was junior guard Charles Cooke. He had 18 points and 4 rebounds in only 19 minutes because of foul trouble. Big man Steve McElvene had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 21 minutes. Junior guard Kyle Davis, senior forward Dyshawn Pierre and John Crosby each totaled 11 points. Freshman Sam Miller also scored in double digits as he managed 10 points in 16 minutes.
UMASS (8-6) (1-1 A10) will head back home to face St. Bonaventure on Saturday, January 9th at noon.
Dayton (12-2) (2-0 A10) will head to Philadelphia to take on La Salle Saturday, January 9th at 2PM.
Alex Handorf ’17