Iona (5-3) at Dayton (8-2)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, December 19, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: University of Dayton Arena (13,455) -- Dayton, Ohio.
Television: NBCSN. Home Record: Iona 3-1, Dayton 5-0. Away Record: Iona 2-2,
Dayton 1-1. Neutral Record: Iona 0-0, Dayton 2-1. Conference Record: Iona 2-0,
Dayton 0-0. Series Record: Dayton leads, 4-1.
GAME NOTES: The Dayton Flyers try to keep their record at home unblemished as
they host the Iona Gaels in non-conference play tonight at UD Arena.
The Flyers have won all five of their home dates this season, running their
win streak in UD Arena to eight in a row tracing back to last season. The most
recent win for the team came over the weekend versus Central Michigan in an
84-58 final. The victory was the third in the last four outings overall for
As for the Gaels, they saw a four-game win streak come to an end over the
weekend as they allowed a season-high 102 points in a loss to St. Bonaventure
in New Rochelle, New York. The team is now 3-1 at home and 2-2 on the road,
with one of those setbacks coming against second-ranked Kansas less than two
weeks into the season.
As far as the all-time series is concerned, the Flyers have won all but one of
the previous five encounters. The latest meeting took place in this same
building back in 1988 with the Gaels capturing an 84-77 win. Despite not
having faced the Flyers in more than 25 years, Iona has played in UD Arena in
both 2012 and 2013 during the NCAA Tournament.
The Gaels put four starters in double figures against St. Bonaventure, but
still the Bonnies were more than up to the task of taking down Iona. Sean
Armand tallied a team-best 30 points on 9-of-16 from the floor, including 4-
of-7 behind the 3-point line. A.J. English pitched in with 19 points and six
assists, but at the same time he was also charged with seven turnovers. David
Laury added 12 points and six boards, followed by Tre Bowman with 11 points as
the team knocked down an even 50 percent from the floor and 21-of-28 at the
Armand, the leading scorer for the Gaels in three straight outings and four of
the last five, is putting up 23.1 ppg as one of the top performers in the
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in the early going. He is shooting not only
53.9 percent from the floor but also 45.9 percent behind the 3-point line.
Laury (14.8 ppg), English (13.9 ppg) and Bowman (12.1 ppg) are all major
contributors at the offensive end of the floor for an Iona group that is
putting up 80.6 ppg on the strength of 38.9 percent accuracy beyond the arc.
Limiting Central Michigan to just eight field goals in the first half, the
Flyers took an early lead in the meeting with the Chippewas and never looked
back, en route to the lopsided 26-point home win. Except for Khari Price who
finished with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting behind the 3-point line, every
starter scored in double figures for Dayton, with Devin Oliver and Dyshawn
Pierre leading the way with 15 points apiece. Jalen Robinson pitched in with
12 points and both Vee Sanford and Jordan Sibert accounted for 10 as the team
shot 50.9 percent from the floor and crushed the visitors on the glass, 42-27.
Although he plays just under 26 minutes per contest, Sibert is the leading
scorer for the Flyers with his 13.2 ppg, thanks to his 52.5 percent accuracy
from the floor and 48.8 percent effort beyond the arc where he has accounted
for one-third of the team's 63 triples through 10 games. While Sibert proves
himself worthy on the perimeter, Oliver (12.5 ppg) does more of his damage in
the paint where he is pulling down a team-best 6.9 rpg, not to mention pacing
the program with 23 assists and 13 steals as well.
The fact that the Gaels were exposed by St. Bonnies in the last meeting means
that a program like Dayton can dictate the tempo and that should be all the
Flyers need in order to come out ahead tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Dayton 74, Iona 63
12/19 11:18:15 ET
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