The injury bug that brought Virginia Commonwealth back to the pack in the Atlantic 10 and left St. Bonaventure without its starting point guard on Saturday has mostly left the Flyers unscathed.
That’s a good thing for Dayton because if there’s one team in the conference that can’t afford an injury, it’s the Dayton Seven. The Flyers started the game Saturday with their normal seven players but finished with five because of Kendall Pollard’s injury and Bobby Wehrli’s foul trouble.
Pollard suffered a head injury in the first half and didn’t return. He sat on the bench in the second half as the Flyers finished a 75-61 victory.
“I haven’t talked to Kendall other than at the half,” Dayton coach Archie Miller said after the game. “He said he felt OK. That will all go down with the doctors. He had a collision on the charge. He bumped his head, either head on head or body on head. From that point forward, he was told he wasn’t going back in.”
Guard Kyle Davis said after the game Pollard was fine.
“When he plays, he’ll play,” Miller said. “If he doesn’t play, we play. So it doesn’t really matter.”
Defensive effort: St. Bonaventure guard Marcus Posley, who was named the national player of the week after hitting buzzer-beaters to beat Davidson and VCU last week, scored 12 points on 5-of-18 shooting. He missed all seven of his 3-point attempts.
“It was all a team approach,” Dayton guard Jordan Sibert said, “just sticking together and helping each other and making sure it was tough for him because he’s a catalyst for their team.”
Big crowd: This was the third sellout of the season for the Flyers. A crowd of 13,455 brings Dayton’s average attendance to 12,637 in 13 games.
Dayton sold out one game last season and two in 2012-13. The last time the Flyers sold out at least three games in a season was 2009-10 when they sold out seven.
Looking ahead: Dayton plays St. Joseph’s at UD Arena on Thursday. The game starts at 6 p.m. instead of the normal 7 because it’s on ESPNU, and Dayton’s other option was to play at 9:30.
The Hawks (11-12, 5-6) play at Fordham (6-16, 1-10) at 2:30 p.m. today. St. Joseph’s beat Dayton three times last season. It’s the last team to beat the Flyers at UD Arena.