VCU too tough this year for Dayton Flyers; Rams go 3-0 against defending A-10 Champs with 73-68 win in tournament quarterfinals

Fri, Mar 5, 2021

Dayton Fights Back, But Falls 73-68 At VCU In A-10 Quarters

Flyers Trailed By As Much as 19 Inside 10 Minutes To Play

RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team couldn’t climb all the way out of the 19-point hole VCU put them in, as the Flyers fell in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship, 73-68.

UD fell behind by double-digits just minutes into the contest, and found itself down 36-55 with 9:11 left in the game.  That’s when Dayton battled back, making it a six-point margin in less than six minutes.  But the closest the Flyers got was the final five-point margin.

Jalen Crutcher led UD with 21 points.  Jordy Tshimanga had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Ibi Watson also added 10 points.  Ram guard Bones Hyland led all scorers with 30 points.

Dayton falls to 14-9 on the season, while VCU improves to 18-6.  The Rams will play the winner of Davidson and George Mason in Saturday night’s semifinals.

The A-10 Championship Game will be played at the University of Dayton Arena on Sunday, March 14.  Tip-off is 1 p.m. ET.

First Half:  VCU 37, Dayton 26

·         VCU jumped on Flyers, pushing out to an 11-1 lead in the game’s first four minutes.

·         Dayton cut it to five (13-8), but an 8-0 run by the Rams took the advantage back to double digits.

·         The Flyers were able to make it a seven-point game twice inside the last two minutes of the half, but VCU scored the last five points of the half.

·         UD shot 40% from the floor, while VCU shot 57%, but the most telling stat was in the turnover column.  Dayton committed 11 turnovers that led to 12 VCU points-off-turnovers.

·         Jalen Crutcher led the Flyers will eight points.  Jordy Tshimanga added six, with six rebounds.

Second Half:  VCU 73, Dayton 68

·         A Rodney Chatman three-pointer on Dayton’s second possession cut the gap to eight, 37-28.

·         VCU responded and the margin would not fall under 10 for just over 10 minutes.

·         The Rams led 55-36 with 11:19 to go, but Dayton dug down and began its comeback.

·         The Flyers forced a VCU timeout with 4:26 left when they chopped the difference to (62-52).

·         An Ibi Watson three and Jalen Crutcher free throw made it a six-point game (62-56) at the 3:49 mark.

·         Dayton would make it a two-possession game three more times, but every time the Rams would score on the next possession.

BY THE NUMBERS

·         Jalen Crutcher’s 21-point game was the 22nd of his career.  He now has 1,587 points, 16th all-time at Dayton.

·         Jordy Tshimanga’s 10 points and 10 rebounds in just 22 minutes were his second career doubl-double.  His first was also against VCU.

·         Ibi Watson had 10 points, six rebounds and three steals.

·         Crutcher, Watson and Mustapha Amzil each had two assists.

·         Amzil only scored three points, but his two assists and six rebounds contributed to his team-leading +10 mark in the +/- efficiency rating.

·         Dayton shot 41% from the field, while VCU shot 53%.The Flyers committed 21 turnovers, which led to 22 points off turnovers for the Rams.

Jalen Crutcher scored 22 points last night for Dayton. Here he is looking to drive around a defender (courtesy Dayton Media Relations).jpg

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