Photo Credit – David Jablonski
VCU Rams: 73 Dayton Flyers: 68
The Dayton Flyers headed to Richmond, Virginia to take on the VCU Rams on Friday in hopes of taking control of the Atlantic 10. The Siegel Center was packed and the Rams were hoping to jump into a tie for first place. Senior guard Kyle Davis returned after a two game hiatus for the Flyers due to a bruised foot and a sprained ankle. Dayton started hot as they hit 4 of their first 5 shots but couldn’t take advantage of this because they let the Rams get a bunch of offensive rebounds early which resulted in points. With 9:45 left in the first half, Dayton and VCU were even at 16. The Flyers went on a 15-5 run over the next 4+ minutes to take a 31-21 lead. During this run, senior guard Scoochie Smith picked up his second foul of the game and sat for the rest of the half. This completely changed the half and game. The Flyers only scored 2 more points in the half after their run that put them up 10. This was mostly because Scoochie wasn’t around to run the team. The offense went stagnant and the Rams took advantage. VCU ended the half on a 10-2 run but still trailed 33-31 going into the locker room. Dayton and VCU traded buckets early in the second half until VCU was able to take only their second lead of the game 39-37, with 16:39 to go. With 9:29 to go, junior guard Darrell Davis hit a 3 ball from the corner that put the Flyers up 48-46. Senior guard JeQuan Lewis answered with a 3 ball of his own to put the Rams up 49-48. VCU wouldn’t trail again. The Rams were able to push the lead to 11 with 1:43 left but there was still fight left in the Flyers. Dayton was able to cut the deficit to 4 when Kyle Davis hit a 3 to make the game 69-65 Rams but with only 15 seconds to play. VCU was able to finish the game thanks to their great free throw shooting late. The Rams hit 11 of their last 12 free throws to secure a win over the Flyers. Dayton and VCU will play again on March 1st in Dayton.
By the Numbers:
- Dayton opponents have shot 13% (10-75) from three over the last four games.
- This is the first time the Flyers have lost when shooting 40% or better this season.
- VCU pulled down 18 offensive rebounds.
- This was the first game the Flyers have lost this season when leading at half.
VCU shot 44.8% (26-58) from the field, 13.3% (2-15) from the three point line and 73.1% (19-26) from the free throw line. They had 41 rebounds, 13 assists, 12 turnovers, 3 blocks and 2 steals. The Rams dominated second chance points, 26-8. Leading the way for VCU was junior forward Justin Tillman who had 18 points and 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. Freshman guard Samir Doughty had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 30 minutes. Senior forward Ahmed Hamdy Mohamed came off the bench and added 12 points and 8 rebounds in 16 minutes.
Dayton shot 48.1% (26-54) from the field, 31.3% (5-16) from the three point line and 68.8% (11-16) from the charity stripe. The Flyers had 24 rebounds, 15 assists, 13 turnovers, 5 blocks and 4 steals. Leading the way for UD was senior forward Kendall Pollard who had 19 points and 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. Senior guard Charles Cooke added 11 points in 27 minutes. Scoochie Smith had 10 points, 7 assists and 2 rebounds in 31 minutes. Kyle Davis had a nice return as he notched 9 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds off the bench in 25 minutes.
The Rams (16-5) (6-2 A10) will stay at home and take on the Richmond Spiders Wednesday, February 1st at 7PM.
The Flyers (15-5) (6-2 A10) head to Bronx, New York to take on Fordham Tuesday, January 31st at 9PM.
A10 Standings as of 1/27
Alex Handorf ’17