Postgame: Xeyrius Williams’ Late Three Propels Flyers over Rams

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Dayton Flyers: 75  Rhode Island Rams: 74

The Rhode Island Rams hosted the Dayton Flyers on Friday in a huge Atlantic 10 matchup. The Flyers and Rams are both sitting high in the league standings with Dayton at 9-2 and Rhode Island at 8-3. Rhode Island was without junior guard Jarvis Garrett who has missed 8 straight games with an illness. Dayton sophomore forward Josh Cunningham returned tonight after a 21 game absence because of a torn ligament in his ankle. The Flyers and Rams kept it close for the first 8 or so minutes of the half. Rhode Island took an 18-10 lead with 10 minutes to go in the half. The Flyers then went on a 7-0 run over the next 2 minutes to make the score 18-17 Rams. Rhode Island then countered the Flyers run with an 11-1 run of their own to give them a 29-18 lead with 3:42 to go in the half. The Flyers battled the rest of the half and were able to cut the deficit to 6, 36-30, going into the half. The Flyers had their 2nd worst shooting first half of the season. They shot 27.6% (8-29). Rhode Island shot 51.9% (14-27) in the half. Only down 6, Dayton had to feel pretty good about their situation at halftime. The Flyers came out strong to start the second half. They scored the first 7 points of the half to take their first lead of the game, 37-36. After this both teams traded baskets for a while. Rhode Island junior guard EC Matthews hit a jumper with 5:52 to go to take a 59-55 lead. This marked the first time since the 18:21 mark where the score was more than a one possession differential. The last 6 minutes of this game would be an absolute battle. With 1:15 left, Dayton senior forward Kendall Pollard tied the game up at 69 with a free throw. Rhode Island took the lead at the 1:01 mark, 71-69, with a layup by junior guard Jared Terrell. The Flyers failed to score on their next possession. Rhode Island senior forward Kuran Iverson drew a foul and made both free throws. URI led 73-69 with 24 seconds left. Just seconds later, Flyer sophomore forward Xeyrius Williams hit a three to cut the deficit to one, 73-72. Flyers foul EC Matthews with 16 seconds to go. Matthews hit one of two free throws. With 7 seconds to go, Xeyrius Williams hits another 3 for the Flyers to take a 75-74 lead. Rhode Island threw the inbound pass away and the Flyers steal one in Kingston.

By the Numbers:

  • 2 – Josh Cunningham played 2 minutes tonight.
  • 24 – Flyers had 24 bench points to Rhode Island’s 3.
  • 40 – Dayton moves to 18-1 when shooting 40% or better.
  • 56 – Flyers shot 56% in the second half.
  • 97 – Dayton’s senior class has 97 wins. This ties the school record for wins by a class.

Rhode Island shot 45.1% (23-51) from the field, 38.9% (7-18) from the three point line and 65.6% (21-32) from the free throw line. URI had 34 rebounds, 10 assists, 11 turnovers, 8 blocks and 5 steals. Leading the way for the Rams was Kuran Iverson who had 20 points and 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. EC Matthews had 16 points and 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Jared Terrell notched 15 points in 36 minutes. Senior forward Hassan Martin added 15 points and 5 rebounds in 32 minutes.

Dayton shot 41.1% (23-56) from the field, 44.4% (8-18) from the three point line and 72.4% (21-29) from the charity stripe. UD had 36 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 turnovers, 5 blocks and 9 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was Kendall Pollard who had 17 points and 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. Senior guard Charles Cooke added 13 points and 8 rebounds in 36 minutes. Xeyrius Williams came off the bench and scored 13 points and had 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Senior guard Kyle Davis also came off the bench to add 10 points in 23 minutes.

The Rams (16-8) (8-4 A10) will host Fordham on Wednesday, February 15th at 7PM.

The Flyers (19-5) (10-2 A10) head to Saint Louis to take on the Billikens Tuesday, February 14th at 8PM.

A10 Standings as of 2/10

Go Flyers!

Alex Handorf ’17

Alex Handorf
Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Currently attending the University of Dayton. I was born as a Flyer and have been going to games since then. I am currently majoring in Sport Management and minoring in business administration and expect to graduate in 2017. I am the head student equipment manager in the Frericks Center equipment room. Follow me on Twitter @Alex_Handorf13. Go Flyers!

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