Photo Credit – St. Bonaventure Athletics
The Dayton Flyers traveled to Olean, New York for a second place match up in the Atlantic 10 against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. The Bonnies packed the house for the Flyers, something they do not normally do. The first half was absolutely dominated by the Flyers. At the 10:10 mark, senior forward Dion Wright would hit a three for the Bonnies to pull within 6 points of the Flyers. The Bonnies would then go on a scoring drought for the next 7 minutes. During this time, the Flyers were able to put together a 19-0 run and the score was all of a sudden 40-15 Flyers with 3:24 left. Dayton would go into the half with a 45-18 lead. The lead would increase for the Flyers in the second half as it was 56-25 with 13:07 left and everything pointed to an easy ending and a 20+ point win for the Flyers. Not so fast. The Bonnies would go on a 27-9 run over the next 7 minutes and all of the sudden it was a 13 point game with just over 6 minutes to go. The Bonnies and Flyers would trade buckets for the next 4 minutes and the Flyers were up 15 (79-64) with just under 2 minutes to go. St. Bonaventure would finish the game on a 15-6 run. The Bonnies had the ball down 6 with 10 seconds to go when junior guard Charles Cooke was able to block a three pointer in the corner and seal the game for the Flyers. Dayton would prevail 85-79. The second half surge for the Bonnies was led by senior guard Marcus Posley and sophomore guard Jaylen Adams who combined for 50 points in the half. The Flyers surrendered 61 second half points. This is something that the selection committee won’t look at come March because the Flyers were still able to get the win, but this is another time that the Flyers have struggled to finish a game this year.
St. Bonaventure shot 41.3% (26-63) from the field, 39.3% (11-28) from the three and 88.9% (16-18) from the free throw line. The Bonnies corralled 30 rebounds and had 9 assists to 14 turnovers. They also managed 1 block and 10 steals. The Bonnies were led by Marcus Posley who had 31 points in 38 minutes. Jaylen Adams chipped in 27 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals in 40 minutes. Dion Wright had 10 points and 8 rebounds in 40 minutes.
Dayton shot 57.1% (28-49) from the field, 60% (9-15) from the three and 66.7% (20-30) from the free throw line. They were able to grab 33 rebounds and had 18 assists to 16 turnovers. They also had 4 blocks and 6 steals. The Flyers were led by Charles Cooke who had 21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 36 minutes. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal in 31 minutes. Junior forward Kendall Pollard chipped in 11 points while managing 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes. Sophomore guard Darrell Davis came off the bench and had 12 points in 22 minutes.
The Bonnies (12-5) (4-2 A10) will head to Richmond, Virginia to take on VCU Saturday, January 23rd at 2:30PM.
The Flyers (15-3) (5-1 A10) will head to the Bronx, New York to take on Fordham Sunday, January 24th at 4PM.
Alex Handorf ’17