Dayton, OH – The Dayton Flyers entered the game against UIC as a heavy favorite, but after some early problems thy pulled away to an easy 75-41 win. Early in the first half things didn’t go as planned. Dayton came out the gate looking to push the ball and play at a high tempo, but that style of play was working against them the first ten minutes of the game, as they committed turnover after turnover. UIC came out playing very hard and aggressive defense with guards Paris Burns and D’Juan Miller getting key steals in transition.
After a few three point makes by UIC early, the game was tied nine minutes into the half, but that would be the last time the game would really be close. Dayton’s quicker, more skilled guards would begin to turn the game in their favor. Dayton made 3-of-4 three pointers, which helped them take a 27-16 lead into the locker room despite having eight first half turnovers.
In the second half the Flyers came out much sharper led by their senior combo guard Jordan Sibert, a former Ohio State Buckeye. Sibert was easily the best player on the floor; he ignited Dayton by using his speed and quickness to lead fast breaks.He was excellent in the open court, going coast to coast and finishing at the rim or creating easy lay-ups for teammates. Siebert left his biggest mark on the game with his shooting, going 4-of- 6 from three point land. He scored a game high 22 points and dished out three assists. Dayton started the second half on fire from long range as they quickly took a 51-20 lead just seven minutes into the second half.
Dayton had several players leave their mark on this game. Sophomore forward Kendall Pollard was everywhere, impacting the game in numerous ways. Pollard is 6’6 and a very physical and aggressive player. He plays inside and outside and can defend different positions. Pollard is like a train coming ahead at full speed on fast breaks. He had a very positive impact on the game off of the bench with seven points, nine rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Starting point guard Scoochie Smith was solid in the game as well. The young sophomore guard is a quick with a good shot; he made both of his three point attempts. Smith was forcing the tempo all game by pushing the ball up court every chance he had. Smith finished the game in double figures with 10 points and added three rebounds and three assists.
6’9″ versatile big man Devon Scott had a double-double for the Flyers with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He likes to hang out around the basket and post up, but he also will step out and shoot mid- range jump shots from 15-17 feet. Scott is a good shooter and can make those shots. He can finish around the basket with both hands. Scott is also a good defender with quick feet which helps him on defense. He is a versatile defender that is good on help defense and can switch on pick and rolls and defend a wing player.
At the end of the day, Dayton flyers was just the quicker, faster and more physical and talented team. Dayton overwhelmed UIC with their speed and their sharp shooting from three point land. They shot 50 percent from long range hitting on 8-of-16 attempts. UIC was very scrappy in the early going but Dayton’s depth simply overwhelmed them.
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