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