Game of the Night
Dayton Flyers 73, Saint Louis Billikens 37
To say that Dayton ran SLU out of the building would be the understatement of this A-10 season. In fact, it looks as if the Billikens would have been better off not coming back for the second half.
In an absolutely dominating performance, Dayton outplayed SLU in every single facet of the game. The Billikens were ice-cold all night, shooting a collective 27.3% from the field. They also shot 12.5% from three and recorded 29 rebounds to Dayton’s 50. This not to mention, Saint Louis’ leading scorer had six points.
This was a great opportunity for Archie Miller to get his guys some rest. Kendall Pollard played only 25 minutes, but still recorded one of his most efficient games of the season, scoring 18 points and grabbing 8 rebounds on 8-9 shooting from the field. Steve McElvene also put on yet another great performance, recording 7 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks in just 16 minutes played.
The Flyers improve to 17-3 on the season and 7-1 in conference play. They take on La Salle this Saturday.
Elsewhere in A-10 Action
St. Joseph’s Hawks 78, UMass Minutemen 70
Coming into this game, we knew that the St. Joe’s big men were going to have their way. However, it wasn’t all-conference candidate DeAndre’ Bembry that impressed; it was Isaiah Miles. The senior forward put together one of his top games of the season, going for 27 points and 12 rebounds in his 7th double-double of the season. This goes to show just how dangerous this SJU frontcourt can be. If the Hawks can win at Rhode island this weekend, they should be a lock in every NCAA tournament projection.
Rhode Island Rams 79, Fordham Rams 63
Rhody steamrolled their fellow Rams in a marginal home victory. Jared Terrell scored 25 points on 10-18 from the field while Hassan Martin added 11 points and 9 rebounds. URI led the assists battle 15-5, including six dishes from Jarvis Garrett. Rhode Island improves to 12-8 (4-3 A-10) on the season and ups their chances at getting an NIT bid.