Dayton Flyers News: 13 wins in a row as Men’s Basketball shuts down La Salle Comeback Effort, 66-54

By Stretch Jenkinson

Nate Santos drives around defender. Had a nice floor game at Ls Salle with 13 points (photo by Michael Wiser, courtesy Dayton Media Relations)



DaRon Holmes II Leads Four Flyers In Double Figures


PHILADELPHIA – The No. 16/17 University of Dayton men’s basketball team improved to 16-2 overall and 6-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tuesday night with a hard-fought 66-54 win at La Salle.  Dayton has now won 13 in a row.

DaRon Holmes II led all scorers with 22 points.  He was joined in double digits by Javon Bennett
Nate Santos (13 points apiece), and Kobe Elvis (10).

First Half – Dayton 36, La Salle 23

•    Dayton opened the scoring on a layup by DaRon Holmes II off an assist from Kobe Elvis.
•    La Sallle grabbed its only lead of the half (7-6 with 15:21 left in the half) after a 5-0 run but Holmes brought it back to the UD side 12 seconds later with a three-pointer.
•    Dayton’s best scoring run was a 7-0 spurt that made it 27-17  with 5:21 left.
•    The Flyers’ largest lead largest lead was 13 which first came with 2:51 on the clock.
•    Holmes and Elvis scored 26 of UD’s 36 points.  Holmes had 16 and Elvis added 10, with three assists.
2nd Half — Dayton 66, La Salle 54
•    Enoch Cheeks grabbed an offensive rebound and laid it in to give UD a 15-point lead to start the second half.
•    After an Explorer bucket, Holmes scored on a post move to take it back up to 15 (40-25) with 16:17 remaining.
•    La Salle then went on an 18-5 run, including 10-0 at the end, to pull to within 45-42 at the 9:04 mark.
•    After a Flyer timeout, Javon Bennett nailed back-to-back threes and Holmes powered home a layup put Dayton up eight (53-45) with 7:33 to go.
•    The game was a three-possession contest the rest of the way.

•    22 – DaRon Holmes II scored 22 points, the fourth straight game he has had at least 20 points.
•    11 – Javon Bennett and Nate Santos both scored 11 of their 13 points in the second half.
•    8 – Holmes also had a game-high eight rebounds.
•    4 — Kobe Elvis and Holmes shared team honors with four assists.
•    16 – Enoch Cheeks and Holmes were both a team-high +16.

• UD is on the road again Saturday, playing at Richmond, who is also 5-0 in the A-10.  Game time is 6 p.m. ET.
• Dayton’s next home game is Tuesday, Jan. 30 against GW at 7 p.m. ET.