Kobe Elvis Leads Four Flyers In Double Figures
DAYTON – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team wins back-to-back games as they defeat the George Washington Colonials 80-54 at UD Arena. Dayton is now 17-8 (9-3 A-10) and George Washington falls to 9-14 (5-6 A-10). Every Flyer saw playing time as the Flyers took a comfortable lead late in the second half.
Kobe Elvis led the way for the Flyers, scoring 13 points, shooting six-of-nine from the field. Malachi Smith helped facilitate the game, contributing nine assists. He continued causing havoc on the defensive end with three steals. Toumani Camara and RJ Blakney helped push the lead, shooting a combined five-of-six from three while the team shot 10-of-16 from beyond the arc.
1st Half: Dayton 48, George Washington 23
- DaRon Holmes II opened the game with a layup assisted by Kobe Elvis.
- A quick 7-0 run by the Flyers put them up 9-2 and forced George Washington into calling an early timeout. During the run, the baskets came from RJ Blakney, Toumani Camara, and Holmes.
- Camara dominated the paint on the defensive end as he blocked a shot and then buried a three on the following possession.
- The Flyers’ suffocating defense held George Washington to just four points over the first 6:31 of the game.
- Blakney and Camara had a hot start from behind the arc as they combined for 14 of the Flyers first 20; each going 2-2 from three.
- Mustapha Amzil checked into the game and quickly joined the hot start as Holmes found him in the corner for a three as the shot clock expired.
- At the under 12 media timeout, Dayton led the Colonials 25-7.
- Malachi Smith continued to lead the way on defense, forcing back-to-back turnovers and turning one into a fast break bucket.
- A dunk by Blakney followed by an Elvis three-pointer forced the Colonials to another timeout with 5:39 remaining as the Flyers led 39-18.
- Coming out of the break, Smith found Camara for an alley-oop which extended the lead to 23. The dunk put Camara in double-digits for the afternoon with 10 points, and added another assist to Smith’s total of seven.
- The Flyer offense ended the half with Holmes making both of his free throws and shooting 73% from the arc. The Flyers ended the half leading 48-23.
2nd Half: Dayton 80, George Washington 54
- A pass by Smith to Holmes for a dunk kick-started the second half for the Flyers.
- At the media timeout, Dayton held a commanding 55-29 lead with 15:58 to play.
- Blakney continued his hot day shooting as he stayed perfect from beyond the arc (3-3) adding to his 11 points.
- Weaver scored his first bucket of the game with a step-back three which furthered the Flyers’ lead. With 9:56 remaining, the Flyers led 64-39.
- Weaver found Kaleb Washington on a full court pass for Washington’s first basket of the day which pushed the score to 72-43.
- Brea found Washington for a baseline alley-oop which gave the crowd a spark and put an exclamation point on the dominating win.
- The Flyers finished the game by making six of their last seven field goals, creating an 80-54 Dayton win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Four players scored double digits in the afternoon with Elvis leading the way (13), followed by Holmes and Camara (12) and then Blakney (11).
- Elvis has scored in double-digit points in nine of his last 10 games.
- The first half was the highest scoring half for the Flyers this season (48).
- Dayton had a hot start as they made 12 of their first 15 baskets 80%.
- In the first half the Flyers shot 70% from the field going 19-27 and 73% from three going 8-11.
- On UD’s 27 made first half shots, 17 of them were assisted on with Smith leading the way with eight assists.
- Malachi Smith moved into fourth place on the Dayton all-time freshman single-season assists leaders with 127 putting him one assist out of second place and 63 out of first.
- Smith also tied the freshman record for most steals in a season with 48 steals.
- Dayton dominated the fast break as the Flyers scored 24 fast break points with the Colonials scoring 11.
- Eleven of the 14 Flyers who saw action scored at least one point
- Brea and Blakney helped clean up the glass with both having six rebounds apiece. UD outrebounded GW 36-24.
- The bench added 27 points for the Flyers.
- The team finished 33 of 53 from the field (62%) and 10 of 16 from deep (62%).
- No Flyer played more than 27 minutes in the game.
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