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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 6, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: UD Arena (13,435) -- Dayton, Ohio. Television: CBSSN-R, TWCS. Home Record: SJU 7-3, Dayton 9-3. Away Record: SJU 5-3, Dayton 1-5. Neutral Record: SJU 1-1, Dayton 2-1. Conference Record: SJU 4-3, Dayton 2-5. Series Record: Saint Joseph's leads, 18-13.
GAME NOTES: The Saint Joseph's Hawks will try to extend their winning streak to a season-long four games on Wednesday night when they travel to UD Arena for an Atlantic 10 Conference clash with the Dayton Flyers.
Saint Joseph's won its third straight game on Saturday in thrilling fashion, coming from behind to beat cross-town rival Temple, 70-69 to improve to 13-7 overall and 4-3 in A-10 action. The Hawks have been impressive on the road this season as well, winning five of eight games away from Hagan Arena.
Dayton's season got off to a flying start at 8-2, but things have not gone as well since then, falling to 12-9 and just 2-5 in conference. The Flyers have dropped back-to-back games on the heels of two straight wins, most recently falling at Saint Louis in blowout fashion last Saturday, 81-52.
Saint Joseph's won the lone matchup with Dayton last season, 77-63, in Philadelphia, to extend its lead in the all-time series to 18-13.
The Hawks found themselves down by eight with under five minutes to play against Temple before finishing the game on a 15-6 run, with C.J. Aiken's layup with 25 seconds remaining proving to be the game-winner. Highlighting a solid team effort was Halil Kanacevic, who nearly logged a triple-double off the bench with 12 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Ronald Roberts was a huge factor in the paint with 18 points and 12 boards, while Aiken and Carl Jones each netted 16 points in the triumph. St. Joseph's has been solid if unspectacular at both ends of the floor this season, ranking in the middle of the A-10 pack in both scoring offense (69.2 ppg) and scoring defense (64.6 ppg). Leading the balanced effort is Jones with 15.1 ppg, although Langston Galloway is right on his heels with 13.9 ppg. The two have combined for 89 of the team's 151 3-pointers. Aiken (11.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.0 bpg), Roberts (11.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg) and Kanacevic (9.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.7 bpg) give the Hawks as much depth in the low post as any team in the conference.
Dayton fell behind Saint Louis by 10 points less than nine minutes into Saturday's contest, and never got within single digits the rest of the day. The team shot a modest 42.3 percent from the field, but only three of its field goals came from long range and it lost the turnover battle by a 21-12 margin. Josh Benson was the top scorer with 12 points off the bench, while Vee Sanford tallied 10 points, but also coughed the ball up six times. It was an off night for the Flyers offensively, as they usually score 71.3 ppg, good enough for fourth in the A-10, thanks mostly to their top-ranked 3-point field goal percentage (.387). In addition to being the team's top scorer with 14.5 ppg, Kevin Dillard is one of the league's top floor generals with 4.7 apg. Sanford adds 12.8 ppg to the mix, while Benson (10.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.1 bpg) and Devin Oliver (9.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg) bring stability to the frontcourt.
Dayton has played well on its home floor this season (9-3), but it's been trending downward of late while Saint Joseph's is playing its best ball right now, giving the Hawks the slim advantage in this road clash.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Joseph's 71, Dayton 67
02/06 10:37:08 ET
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