Well, this one kinda felt familiar, huh? With a share of the regular season title on the line, Dayton went into Tom Gola Arena and laid an egg, losing to the Explorers, 55-53. If you missed this one, or were flipping back and forth, you didn’t miss much. Although the game was close throughout, it was an offensively offensive contest, the two teams combining for just forty-two points at halftime. The second half was a bit better, both teams picking up the pace on both sides of the floor. The Flyers certainly had the opportunity to take control of the game at various points throughout the contest, but simply could not get enough shots to fall.
UD took a one point lead midway through the second half before La Salle went on a run and stretched the margin to six points in favor of the home squad. Dayton closed the gap to two, on a pair of Kyle Davis free-throws, but failed to box-out on the next possession (reminiscent of the end of the GW game), which resulted in a putback dunk for the Explorers. Davis missed a three, La Salle put two more points on the board via the foul line and it was all over but the shouting. A Scoochie Smith three at the buzzer was merely makeup on a bruise.
This was the first game I felt like the size differential was felt. The Flyers got absolutely dominated on the boards, getting out-rebounded by La Salle, 38-25. UD shot just 39% from the floor — the Flyers won’t win another game this season if they repeat today’s performance. As it stands, there wasn’t much lost after today’s disappointment. UD is still a lock for the tournament and there is still much to play for. Dayton came out listless this afternoon, and got the result they deserved.
In other news, the A10 Tournament bracket is set:
UD will get the winner of Saint Bonaventure/St. Joseph’s at 6:30ish on Friday night. See you then.