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 – 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

·         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.

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

·         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.

·         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.

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

·         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.

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

·         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

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

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

·         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.

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

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

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

BY THE NUMBERS

·         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.

·         Dayton had 15 turnovers while VCU only had eight.

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

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

·         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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