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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 next.

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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