Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun
The Flyers came away with a thrilling victory over the Tribe from William & Mary 69-66. The Dayton Flyers wanted to make this game a little interesting after winning their first two games by a combined 63 points. The crowd of 12,796 were up on their feet many times during the game as it was a very back and forth affair. The first half was very sloppy on both ends with neither team shooting the ball over 40% and a total of 16 turnovers, 10 which were committed by the Flyers. Down 30-21 at halftime, the Flyers had to make a few adjustments in the locker room. The adjustments took a little while to kick in as it seemed every time Dayton would score, the Tribe would answer.
The second half was very back and forth too, but UD took advantage of poor free throw shooting by William & Mary to come out on top. With 10 minutes left in the second half, Steve McElvene made a great post move bucket to tie the game at 47. With six and a half minutes left, Charles Cooke hit a 3 from the corner to give the Flyers a nine point lead, but the resilient Tribe would not go away. With two minutes and 18 seconds left, Daniel Dixon hit a ridiculous 3 to put the Tribe up 2. The Flyers took the lead again with 57 seconds left on a fast break layup by Kyle Davis and William & Mary would never see the lead again. Twice in the last twenty seconds, the Flyers missed a free throw but would grab the ensuing offensive rebound to preserve the 69-66 win. This is a big win for the Flyers as William & Mary beat NC State on the road last week by 17. The Tribe ran their offense very well and could shoot the ball extremely well.
William & Mary shot 41.8% (23-55) from the field, 45.5% (10-22) from three, but struggled from the line as they only converted 10 of 19 (52.6%) free throws. This was a major reason as to why the Flyers were able to beat the Tribe. William & Mary pulled down 30 rebounds, had 16 assists but 12 turnovers. They also had 5 steals and 2 blocks. The major player for the Tribe was junior guard Daniel Dixon. This kid was on fire from 3 as he went 6 of 10. He accounted for 24 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, one block, and one steal. Senior forward Sean Sheldon and junior swingman Omar Prewitt also scored in double digits with 12 and 10 points respectively.
The Flyers shot 47.2% (25-53) from the field, 30% (6-20) from three, and 72.2% (13-18) from the line. They pulled down 39 boards, but had another bad assist to turnover ratio as they had 15 assists to 16 turnovers. The Flyers have really struggled to hold on to the ball this year as they’ve had 51 turnovers in three games. They will need to hold onto the rock as play ramps up or they will struggle to win games. The Flyers also had 4 blocks and 7 steals. Charles Cooke, who struggled immensely in the first half, 0 for 4 from the field and 2 turnovers, really turned it on in the second half. He finished 4 of 11 from the field and 3 of 6 from 3 for 18 points. He also was very clutch at the line down the stretch going 7-8. He also pulled down 6 boards, had 2 assists and one steal in 36 minutes. Steve McElvene turned in another good performance as he had 12 points on 6 of 8 shooting and 9 rebounds. Kendall Pollard managed 11 points on 4 of 8 shooting but seemed very out of control a lot in the game. Scoochie Smith played 36 minutes while totaling 8 points and 5 assists. Xeyrius Williams really stepped up this game. He played 22 minutes and scored 4 points and had 5 rebounds. His stat line might not seem very large, but the minutes he played were more valuable than his stats because big man Sam Miller played only 8 minutes as he was in foul trouble all game and eventually fouled out.
The Tribe will travel back home to Williamburg, Virginia to play Hampton on Wednesday, November 25th at 7:30PM.
The Flyers head to Orlando, Florida early this week. They will play Iowa on Thanksgiving Day at 9PM in the Advocare Invitational.
Alex Handorf ’17