Rebounds & Putbacks: Dayton 93 UMass 63

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UMass did not have answer for Steve McElvene’s jump hook in the lane. (Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

First thoughts after the University of Dayton Flyers victory over the University of Massachusetts Minutemen.

By PAUL GOTHAM

How it happened

Charles Cooke led six in double figures with 18 as No. 25 Dayton (12-2/2-0) won its fifth straight. UD rode an 11-5 spurt early in the first half to grab a double-digit lead at 22-11 and never looked back. The Flyers led by as many as 18 and took a 40-24 advantage into the locker room. Dayton’s lead swelled to 31 in the second half. UD’s bench outscored their counterparts, 35-11. The Flyers handed out 25 assists on 34 made field goals.

Finding the range

One game after shooting an abysmal 3-of-25 from behind the arc, UD connected on 11-of-25 from long range in the win. Cooke, John Crosby and Sam Miller drilled two 3-pointers a piece.

Give it to the big fella

Steve McElvene finished with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting. UMass did not have an answer when the 6-11 center went to his jump hook in the lane. Worth noting, McElvene did NOT take a shot in the second half. Not to speak of it, but McElvene committed four fouls in 21 minutes. Yep, still a work in progress.

Johnny B. Goode

Crosby posted career highs with 11 points and five assists. Crosby needed just 19 minutes to get it done.

You were saying

When asked about the prospects of Dyshawn Pierre returning to the starting lineup, Archie Miller said during Monday’s Atlantic 10 tele-conference that was “unrealistic” considering the number of practices his players have gone through. Then Kendall Pollard suffered an achilles tendon injury forcing him from the lineup. Enter Pierre who started and scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out four assists. Worth noting he played without committing a foul. Maybe game shape is happening sooner than anticipated.

Making the conversion

Less than six minutes into the contest, Cooke picked up a steal. At the other end of the floor Scoochie Smith fed Pierre for three. It was a sign of things to come. The Flyers converted 16 UMass turnovers into 26 points. UD forces 12.8 miscues per contest. The 16 mishandles represent the most forced by Dayton in a regulation game since the 20 turnovers committed by Alabama. UD forced 16 turnovers against Arkansas in an overtime game. UMass averages 12.2 turnovers. Wednesday’s game was the third time this season the Flyers have scored 20 or more points off turnovers with 26 being the season high in regulation. Only twice (Monmouth and Chattanooga) has UD forced fewer than 10 turnovers.

Playing with pace

Per BBState, Dayton came into the game averaging 70.9 possessions per game with 78 trips in a loss to Xavier serving as the high-water mark (had 79 possessions in overtime win against Arkansas) and 61 the low in a win over Miami (OH). UMass entered play averaging 76. 4 possessions per game. The Minutemen had 92 possessions in the win over New Orleans. UMass has only played slower than 70 once this year and that was 65 possessions in a win over Harvard. Wednesday’s game consisted of 72 possessions.

Video courtesy of the University of Dayton Athletics. 

Looking ahead

Dayton travels to Philadelphia to play La Salle on Saturday. UMass hosts St. Bonaventure.

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