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Flyers Fall to Wichita State in Tightly Contested Battle

Release: 03/17/2017
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Courtesy: Dayton
INDIANAPOLIS Scoochie Smith led Dayton with 25 points, but the Flyers fell 64-58 to the No. 19 Wichita State Shockers in the NCAA Tournament First Round.

Kendall Pollard finished with 13 points as the Flyers closed the 2016-17 season 24-8 overall.

Smith, Pollard, Charles Cooke, Kyle Davis and Jeremiah Bonsu finish their Flyer careers as the all-time winningest class in Dayton Basketball history with 102 victories.

FIRST HALF – Dayton 29, Wichita State 27
  • Smith led the way with 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the field.
  • The Flyers led 29-24 before the Shockers connected on a last second three to pull within two.
  • UD forced eight Wichita State turnovers, but were out-rebounded 24-16.

SECOND HALF – Wichita State 64, Dayton 58
  • Wichita State regained the lead 41-38 on a 6-0 run with 11:56 to play.
  • After Kendall Pollard ended a field-goal drought of 7:47, the Flyers went another 4:29 without making a shot.
  • The game featured 14 lead changes and 11 ties as neither team built more than a five-point cushion until WSU's Zach Brown hit a 3-pointer with 5:40 to go for a 51-45 advantage, and Dayton never recovered.
  • A Kyle Davis three cut the deficit to 55-51, but the Shockers converted at the free throw line to hang on with the win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
  • Dayton was out-rebounded 48-29 with the Shockers grabbing 13 on the offensive end.
  • Cooke was 1 of 10 from the field, while Xeyrius Williams shot 1 of 9 from the floor.
  • Dayton's defense did force 16 Wichita State turnovers and limited the Shockers to 6 of 20 (30 percent) from the field.
  • It was just the second loss this year when UD led at the half. The Flyers finish 17-2 when leading at the half.
  • After winning the Atlantic 10 regular season title at home against VCU, the Flyers dropped three straight to close the season.
  • Dayton is one of 19 schools to have made the last four NCAA Tournaments.
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