Dayton (19-8) at Saint Joseph's (19-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 25, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Hagan Arena (4,200) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Television: CBSSN. Home Record: Dayton 11-4, SJU 10-3. Away Record: Dayton
6-3, SJU 7-3. Neutral Record: Dayton 2-1, SJU 2-1. Conference Record: Dayton
7-5, SJU 9-3. Series Record: Dayton leads, 19-14.
GAME NOTES: Winners of six straight games, the Dayton Flyers will try to
remain hot when they visit the Saint Joseph's Hawks for an Atlantic 10
Conference clash at Hagan Arena.
A 57-54 road victory over Duquesne kept the Flyers' recent winning streak
alive. Dayton is now 19-8, with a chance to post its sixth 20-win campaign in
the last seven years. Unfortunately, the Flyers are not in the mix for the
A-10 regular season crown at just 7-5 in league play. They host Massachusetts
Saint Joseph's (19-7) is also gunning for its 20th win of the campaign on
Tuesday. The Hawks rolled to an 87-72 victory over Fordham on Saturday for
their fourth straight win. They are very much alive in the A-10 title chase
(9-3), but they have only four games to catch Saint Louis, which leads them by
three games. Road contests against St. Bonaventure and George Washington are
next on the schedule.
If their first meeting is any indication, this will be a tight contest. The
Hawks defeated the Flyers, 60-57, on a last-second 3-pointer from Langston
Galloway on Jan. 29 -- coincidentally the last time Dayton lost a game. The
Flyers still have the edge in the all-time series, 19-14.
Dyshawn Pierre sank a jumper with just over a minute to play, and Jordan
Sibert closed the door with a dunk nearly a minute later to push Dayton past
Duquesne. The Flyers trailed by as many as 18 points in the contest, but
limited the Dukes to only four field goals over the final 20 minutes.
The Flyers are a balanced team at both ends of the floor. They are scoring a
respectable 74 ppg on the second-best field goal percentage in the A-10
(.468). On defense, they allow only 67.2 ppg on 43.8 percent shooting. Sibert
(12.5 ppg) and Devin Oliver (12.1 ppg, 7 rpg) lead the offensive effort,
although Pierre (11.4 ppg) cannot be ignored. Sibert tallied 18 points in the
recent win over Duquesne, while Pierre tacked on five. Oliver didn't score
much in the game (seven points), but he made up for it with a game-high 11
rebounds and five assists.
Saint Joseph's did not have as much trouble as Dayton on Saturday, routing
Fordham on the back of a school-record 10 3-pointers from Galloway. The Hawks
also shot well as a team, netting 59.2 percent of their of their field goal
attempts, while outscoring the Rams, 26-16, in the paint.
Just like Dayton, the Hawks are also a team that takes good shots on offense,
as they are tied with the Flyers for second in the A-10 in field goal
percentage (.468). However, Saint Joseph's scores at a slower pace (71.3 ppg).
Galloway (16.8 ppg) runs the show for the Hawks, at least as far as scoring
goes. He is fifth in the conference in that department. Ronald Roberts Jr.
(14.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg) serves as the second option, while DeAndre Bembry (11.5
ppg) and Halil Kanacevic (10.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 4.5 apg) also lend support.
Bembry and Roberts each had 13 points on Saturday, while Kanacevic tallied 10
points, seven rebounds and five assists.
A miserable second half from Duquesne allowed the Flyers to escape on the road
last time out. The Hawks won't make the same mistake.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Joseph's 73, Dayton 69
02/25 10:23:40 ET
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