VCU has Dayton Flyers number this year; pulls away late in 76-67 win

Jordy Tshimanga had 14 points for the Flyers

Jordy Tshimanga Had A Double-Double In The Loss

DAYTON โ€“ The University of Dayton men’s basketball team was defeated by VCU Tuesday at UD Arena by a final score of 76-67. This was the Flyers’ first home defeat in the calendar year 2021.

Redshirt senior Ibi Watson led the Flyers in scoring with his second straight 20-point game. Redshirt senior Jordy Tshimanga added 14 while grabbing 12 rebounds. Elijah Weaver added 10.

UD falls to 11-6 overall and 7-5 in the Atlantic 10, while VCU improved to 14-4, and 7-2 in conference play. 

GAME BREAKDOWN

1st Half:  VCU 41, Dayton 39

ยท         Senior Jalen Crutcher scored the game’s first five points, and the Flyers opened up an early 10-2 lead in the first 2:45.

ยท         Dayton started out 5-for-6 from the field, making its first three three-pointers of the evening.

ยท         VCU pulled within two at the 5:49 mark, which was the closest of the half at that point. Dayton then responded with five consecutive points to extend the lead back to seven.

ยท         VCU took its first lead of the game at the 2:36 mark. The 10-0 run over 2:39 gave the Rams a 41-38 lead.

ยท         The Flyers were held without a field goal for the final 4:55 of the half.

ยท         Junior Elijah Weaver led the Flyers in the first half with eight points while freshman R.J. Blakney scored seven points off the bench for the Flyers.

ยท         Crutcher dished out five assists, scoring or assisting on seven of Dayton’s 12 field goals in the half.

ยท         Dayton shot 9-of-11 from the free throw line, while VCU shot 8-of-8. Both teams also shot exactly 50% from the field in the half.

2nd Half:  Dayton 74, VCU 65

ยท         The lead changed four times in the half’s first 6 minutes.

ยท         The Rams made three consecutive three-pointers over 1:38 to take a 56-49 lead at the 14:35 mark.

ยท         Dayton cut the lead to 66-65 at the 5:59 mark. Ibi Watson made three three-pointers in under four minutes, accounting for nine of Dayton’s 11 points in that span.

ยท         The Flyers made it a one-point game again (68-67), but were held without a point for the final 4:41.

ยท         Watson scored 14 of his 20 points in the half while Tshimanga scored nine of his 14.

ยท         The Flyers outrebounded the Rams 16-9 in the half.

BY THE NUMBERS

ยท         Dayton shot 10-for-19 (52.6%) from three in the game. This was the best 3-point shooting percentage for Dayton this season and the first defeat in a game where the Flyers made 10 or more threes.

ยท         Dayton had 15 turnovers while VCU only had eight.

ยท         Jalen Crutcher had eight of Dayton’s 15 assists on the night, tying a season high set against Northern Kentucky on Dec. 8.

ยท         Jordy Tshimanga’s 14 points and 12 rebounds earned him his first double-double in a Dayton uniform.

ยท         Crutcher’s eight points give him 1,488 for his Flyer career. He is now the 20th-leading all-time scorer in Flyer history.

GAME RECAP COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

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