Dayton dominates VCU in record setting performance
DAYTON -- Despite the blizzard-like weather outside, it was burning up inside UD Arena as the University of Dayton men's basketball team defeated VCU 106-79 on Friday. The Flyers held the lead from tip-off through the final buzzer and set a school record with 17 three-pointers made. Darrell Davis led the Flyer offense in scoring with 28 points—tying his career-high.
1st Half: Dayton 66 VCU 41
The Flyers started the game out on a strong 8-0 run. Six of those points came from back-to-back threes from Jordan Davis.
Jordan Davis and Trey Landers contributed all 15 of Dayton's points combined four minutes into the half (15-7).
At the 13:48 minute-mark, the Flyers were shooting an impressive 83% from the field when the score was 24-14, Flyers.
The Flyers were 12 of 14 from the field to start the game.
Darrell Davis shot with an incredible 100% accuracy in the first half; seven for seven from the field, and four for four from the free throw line—leading the Flyers with 21 points in the first half.
Justin Tillman led the Rams in points (20), rebounds (7), and assists (3).
Seven of the eight Flyers who logged minutes in the first half, contributed at least three points.
Dayton tallied its highest-scoring first half in program history, with 66 points.
2nd Half: Dayton 106, VCU 79
Every Flyers player who played more than ten minutes during the game contributed to the scoreboard, when Matej Svoboda hit a layup at the 12:19 mark.
Jalen Crutcher broke his career-high record of assists and led the Flyers with 10 dimes. He also put up a double-double during the game, adding 12 points. Crutcher missed the first triple-double in school history by two rebounds. He pulled down a career-high eight boards.
At the 9:34 mark, the Flyers held a 31-point lead—their largest lead in the half and the game (58-89).
Jordan Davis hit his career-high scoring total with 21 points, besting his previous mark of 14.
Darrell Davis contributed six points from the line—he is leading the Atlantic 10 in free throw shooting (24-24) and is currently on a 29 for 29 consecutive free-throw streak. That streak is the fourth-best in UD history.
Senior walkon Joey Gruden, who graduated in December, scored a three-pointer with 34 seconds left in the half—his first career basket.
In addition to tying his career-best in scoring with 28 points, Darrell Davis also more than doubled his career high in assists, with nine.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
106-The Flyers scored their most points in 20 years (110 vs. Prairie View on Dec. 29, 1997).
31- Dayton held their largest lead during the second half- a 31-point lead at the 9:34 minute-mark.
10- Crutcher leads the Flyers with total assists this season with 63 –he beat his career-record for assists with ten.
5 - Five Flyers scored in double digits –In addition to Darrell Davis, Jordan Davis and Jalen Crutcher, Trey Landers.had 15 points and Josh Cunningham added 13.
34/11- Dayton had 34 assists against just 11 turnovers.
66- Dayton's points in the first half was the most for UD in a first half, and the fourth-best in any half.
The Flyers will hit the road to play to play Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. ET.