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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 13, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Thomas M. Ryan Center (7,657) -- Kingston, Rhode Island. Television: OSN. Home Record: UD 10-4, URI 4-7. Away Record: UD 1-5, URI 2-7. Neutral Record: UD 2-1, URI 0-2. Conference Record: UD 3-6, URI 1-8. Series Record: Dayton leads, 12-11.
GAME NOTES: Atlantic 10 Conference cellar dwellers, the Dayton Flyers, have made the trek to Kingston to take on league rival, the Rhode Island Rams on Wednesday night.
After dropping a heartbreaker at Temple on Saturday, 72-71, the Flyers have now dropped three of their last four. Dayton is looking for its first A-10 road win of the season. The Flyers have not started 0-5 on the road in conference play since the 2006-07 campaign.
The Rams fell to St. Bonaventure, 67-61, in a blizzard-delayed game on Saturday. With that loss, URI has now dropped their last their last six decisions, and eight of their last nine overall.
Dayton leads the all-time series with Rhode Island, 12-11, but the Rams have won the last five meetings. Last year URI won in Dayton, 86-81. The Flyers have not won at the Ryan Center since Jan. 27, 2005.
Dayton fell narrowly to Temple on Saturday at UD Arena, despite the fact that four Flyers scored in double figures, led by Kevin Dillard who tallied 16 points to go along with five assists. Vee Sanford contributed 14 points, while Devin Oliver notched his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds in defeat. Senior Josh Benson came off the bench to add 12 points along with three blocks, and Dyshawn Pierre came up just short of a double- double with nine points and 11 boards. The Flyers led 71-67 with 1:10 to go, but Temple scored the game's final five points, including the game-winning 3- pointer by Khalif Wyatt with seven seconds to play to steal the victory..
For Dayton, Dillard leads the way with 15.0 points and 4.6 assists per contest, while he is shooting at a 40 percent clip from beyond the arc. Sanford (12.6 ppg) and Benson (10.1 ppg) are also averaging double figures, and Oliver mans the paint with 9.3 points and a team-best 8.5 rebounds per tilt. The Flyers are one of the better rebounding teams in the A-10, as they boast a +4.4 margin on the boards. They also lead the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.384).
URI blew a halftime lead in its recent loss to St. Bonaventure. The Rams led 32-26 at the break, but the Bonnies outscored URI, 41-29, in the second half. Xavier Munford led the Rams with 18 points, the seventh straight game in which he reached double figures. Andre Malone added 10 points for URI. Munford tied the contest with a 3-pointer with 2:18 remaining, but the Bonnies finished on a 9-3 run to secure the victory.
Munford is second in the A-10 in scoring, as he's averaging 17.5 ppg. Nikola Malesevic (10.4 ppg), Malone (10.3 ppg) and Mike Powell (9.9 ppg) are also right around double figures. Malesevic leads the team with 4.8 rpg, but the Rams are next-to-last in rebounding margin (-4.9). URI has also struggled at the offensive end as it ranks last in the A-10 in scoring at 61.7 ppg, which can be blamed on its poor shooting, the team hitting just 40.1 percent from the field, also worst in the conference.
The Flyers have struggled on the road in the A-10 this season, but a meeting with the reeling Rams may be just what they need to finally get that first conference road victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Dayton 65, Rhode Island 61
02/13 10:39:06 ET
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