The University of Dayton men’s basketball team won its first outright Atlantic 10 Conference regular season championship Wednesday night after defeating the VCU Rams 79-72 in front of a sold-out crowd at UD Arena. It was a night when the Flyers were honoring their historic senior class of Scoochie Smith
, Kyle Davis
, Charles Cooke
, Kendall Pollard
and Jeremiah Bonsu
and fittingly so, it was those upperclassmen who guided the team to victory. Cooke and Smith each scored 20 points while Davis and Pollard contributed 12 and 11 respectively. This was the senior class’ record 102 win and was the team’s 15th
win in conference play, also a school record. The Flyers improved to 24-5 on the year and 14-2 in A-10 play while VCU dropped to 23-7 and 13-4 in the A-10.
Dayton shot 54.2 percent from the field connecting on 26 of 48 shots, including hitting six of their 15 three-point attempts. VCU was led by Redshirt-Senior Mo Allie-Cox who had 23 points and 4 rebounds—17 of his points came in the second half. Junior Justin Tillman recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds while senior JeQuan Lewis scored 15. The Rams shot 42.9 percent (27-63) from the field but only 13.3 percent (2-15) from behind the arc. Dayton never trailed in the game.
VCU center Mo Allie-Cox led the Rams with 23 points, including 17 in the second half.First Half – Dayton 45, VCU 38
- Scoochie Smith got Dayton out to an early lead after his “and-one” layup put the Flyers up 8-4 heading into the first media timeout.
- The VCU bench was called for a technical foul with 6:59 left in the half after Doug Brooks was called for a foul on Charles Cooke. Cooke missed the first technical free-throw attempt but made the second and then his next two bonus foul shots. UD led 26-15 after the sequence.
- Sophomore Ryan Mikesell hit Dayton’s first three-point attempt with 4:35 left in the period to push the Flyers out to an 11 point lead, 35-24. UD only had four attempts from three-point land in the first half, making two of them.
- Dayton hit seven of its last 10 field goal attempts to end the half. Cooke had 15 points in the period and the team shot 60 percent (15-25).
- VCU shot 48.3 percent in the half (14-29) and were led Tillman’s 12 points.
Second Half – Dayton 79 VCU 72
- VCU came out of halftime in a 1-3-1 zone and immediately forced a turnover. It didn’t take long for Scoochie Smith to right the ship on as on the next possession he penetrated the lane and hit a midrange jump shot. Dayton went on to hit six of their next eight attempts 6:30 minute stretch, a run that was capped by junior Darrell Davis‘ corner three that put the Flyers in front by their largest lead of the game, 65-51.
- Over the next four minutes, VCU responded with an 8-0 run of its own and with 8:39 left, Dayton’s lead was down to six.
- The lead was down to three with 3:53 to play but coming out of the media timeout, Josh Cunningham hit a jumper with the shot clock expiring to put the Flyers up 73-68.
- VCU had the ball down by two with 19 seconds left but JeQuan Lewis came up short on a three-point attempt. Kyle Davis came down with the rebound and a couple free-throws later, the game was history.
By the Numbers:
1 – This was the University of Dayton’s men’s basketball programs first ever outright A-10 Conference Championship.
2 – This was the second consecutive conference championship for the Flyers. Last season, Dayton shared the crown with VCU and St. Bonaventure
18 – Second chance points the Rams scored off of 16 offensive rebounds.
46 – Number of fouls called throughout the contest. Jordan Burgess of VCU fouled out while Kendall Pollard, Xeyrius Williams, and Josh Cunningham each had four.
63 – Points the four seniors Scoochie Smith, Charles Cooke, Kyle Davis, and Kendall Pollard combined to score.
13,455 – Fans in attendance, setting the programs all-time season average attendance record for a single season of 13,018.
Dayton will travel to Washington D.C. on Saturday to take on George Washington in the final regular season game of 2016-17. Tip is slated for 8:00 p.m. ET.
GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY DOUG HAUSCHILD; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS
TRADE MARKET STAYS HOT AHEAD OF 2017 NHL TRADE DEADLINE
Teams continued to swap players in advance of the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline, which is set for today at 3 p.m. ET.
* The Rangers acquired defenseman Brendan Smith from the Red Wings in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. New York also received forward Daniel Catenacci from the Sabres for defenseman Mat Bodie.
* The Blackhawks acquired defenseman Johnny Oduya, who the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2013 and 2015, from the Stars in exchange for forward Mark McNeill and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
* The Sharks acquired forward Jannik Hansen from the Canucks in exchange for forward Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2017.
* The Senators acquired forward Viktor Stalberg from the Hurricanes in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
* The Oilers received forward David Desharnais from the Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Brandon Davidson. Montreal then acquired forward Steve Ott from Detroit in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2018.
* The official 2016-17 trade tracker lists every deal since May 25, 2016, while the following documents are available via the League’s Media site: By the Numbers, Deadline Day Trades (since 1980) and Deadline Day Acquisitions by Stanley Cup Champions (since 2006).
* NHL Network will televise 12 hours of live programming, beginning with a simulcast of Sportsnet’s Hockey Central Trade Deadline coverage beginning at 8 a.m. ET that will incorporate live reports and analysis remotely from NHL Network’s E.J. Hradek, Brian Lawton, Tony Luftman, Steve Mears and Kevin Weekes. Following the deadline, “NHL Tonight” will continue its live coverage at 4 p.m. ET with analysis and recaps on every trade.
Home Team in Caps
Washington 4, NY RANGERS 1
Nashville 5, BUFFALO 4 (OT)
PHILADELPHIA 4, Colorado 0
BOSTON 4, Arizona 1
FLORIDA 3, Carolina 2 (SO)
MONTREAL 1, Columbus 0 (OT)
Edmonton 2, ST. LOUIS 1
Minnesota 6, WINNIPEG 5
DALLAS 3, Pittsburgh 2
CALGARY 2, Los Angeles 1 (OT)
Detroit 3, VANCOUVER 2 (OT)
SAN JOSE 3, Toronto 1
FORSBERG SPARKS PREDATORS RALLY WITH ANOTHER THREE-POINT NIGHT
With the Sabres ahead 4-2 in the third period, Filip Forsberg (2-1—3) factored on three straight goals for the Predators – highlighted by his tying marker with 2:23 remaining in regulation and his overtime winner – to help Nashville extend their point streak to six games (5-0-1).
* Forsberg, who registered three points for the fourth time in his past five outings, extended his goal and point streaks to five and six games, respectively (10-4—14). Elias notes that Forsberg became the first player in franchise history to record three points four times in a span of five team games.
* After tallying only three goals in his first 30 games of the season (3-14—17), Forsberg has scored 23 times in his past 33 contests to match the second-highest goal total of his career; he had 26 goals in 2014-15 (82 GP) and 33 goals in 2015-16 (82 GP).
CAPITALS, WILD INCREASE CONFERENCE LEADS
The Capitals (42-13-7, 91 points) and Wild (41-14-6, 88 points) each earned wins to increase their leads atop the Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively:
* Braden Holtby made 29 saves to improve to 17-0-2 in his past 19 decisions, extending the third-longest run of consecutive decisions with a point by a goaltender in franchise history. Holtby, who owns a record of 181-68-30 since making his debut in 2010-11, has backstopped the Capitals to at least a point in more than three-quarters of his career decisions (211 of 279, 75.6%).
* The Jets scored three straight goals to tie the game at 5-5, but Jason Zucker scored the winning tally with 2:10 remaining in regulation to lift the Wild to a 15-1-2 mark in their past 18 road games. Zucker reached the 20-goal mark for the second time (also 2014-15: 21 G), while Mikael Granlund tallied 1-2—3 to extend his point streak to five games (5-4—9). Granlund leads the Wild in goals (21), assists (38) and points (59) this season – all career highs.
KEEPING PACE IN THE PACIFIC
The Sharks (37-18-7, 81 points), Oilers (34-22-8, 76 points) and Flames (34-26-4, 72 points) all earned wins to keep pace in the Pacific Division:
* Tomas Hertl scored the tiebreaking goal at 18:36 of the third period as San Jose extended its point streak to seven games (4-0-3). Martin Jones (20 saves) reached the 30-win mark for the second time in his career, following a 37-win campaign in 2015-16.
* Ryan Nugent-Hopkins assisted on both Edmonton goals as the club ended its six-game road trip with a victory in St. Louis (3-3-0). The Oilers, who already have three more wins than they totaled last season, will play 13 of their 18 remaining games on home ice, starting with an eight-game homestand that begins Saturday vs. DET.
* TJ Brodie scored in overtime to spoil Ben Bishop’s debut with the Kings and help Calgary improve to 10-2-1 in its past 13 games, including five straight wins and a seven-game point streak (6-0-1). The Flames opened a five-point lead over the Blues (31-26-5, 67 points) for the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference and moved within two points of the idle Ducks (32-21-10, 74 points) for third place in the division.
BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC
The Canadiens (35-21-8, 78 points), Bruins (33-24-6, 72 points) and Panthers (29-23-10, 68 points) earned wins to keep pace in the Atlantic Division, where the top five teams are separated by only 10 points:
* Alex Galchenyuk scored in overtime for the second straight night and Carey Price (26 saves) recorded his 39th career shutout to help Montreal open a six-point lead atop the division. Elias notes that Galchenyuk, who scored his fourth overtime goal of the season, surpassed Saku Koivu (3 in 2005-06) for the most such goals in a season by a Canadiens player since the five-minute overtime format was introduced in 1983-84.
* Brad Marchand tallied 1-1—2 to help the Bruins improve to 7-1-0 under interim head coach Bruce Cassidy and move into a tie – in terms of points – with the idle Senators (33-22-6, 72 points) for second place in the division. Marchand registered his third consecutive multi-point game (3-4—7) to move into a share of third place in League scoring (28-38—66 in 63 GP).
* Jaromir Jagr scored the opening goal to reach the 35-point mark for the 23rd time in as many NHL seasons (12-23—35) as the Panthers withstood a Hurricanes rally to win in a shootout. The goal stood as the 215th power-play marker of Jagr’s career, placing him in a tie with Joe Nieuwendyk for 11th place in NHL history.
Patrik Laine (1-1—2) and Auston Matthews (1-0—1) each scored their 31st goal of the season to maintain their share of the rookie goals lead; Laine (31-25—56) holds a one-point edge over Matthews (31-24—55) in the rookie scoring race . . . Wayne Simmonds scored twice to lift the Flyers to within four points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference . . . Capitals forward Marcus Johansson (2-1—3) established a career high with his 21st goal of the season . . . Barry Trotz (WSH) recorded his 700th career win as an NHL head coach . . . Flyers forward Jordan Weal tallied his first NHL goal/point (19 GP) . . . The Canadiens, Canucks, Flames and Sabres each hosted events as part of Hockey Is For Everyone month.
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