Dayton and St. Bonaventure didn’t exchange Valentine’s Day cards Saturday after a rough-and-tumble clash at UD Arena. Instead they traded elbows and hard fouls and left each other with plenty of scrapes and bruises.
St. Bonaventure’s 7-footer Youssou Ndoye, in particular, seemed intent on beating the smaller Flyers into submission.
“I guess they knew we were down players and were just trying to hurt us,” Dayton guard Kyle Davis said.
Dayton withstood the blows and beat up on the Bonnies on the scoreboard, sweeping the season series with a 75-61 victory at UD Arena. If the Flyers had made one more 3-pointer, they would have beaten the Bonnies twice by the same score this season.
Star of the game: Jordan Sibert bounced back from a foul-plagued night at Saint Louis to score 24 points on 6-of-13 shooting. It was his eighth 20-point game of the season. He now has 969 points in his career and 846 at UD.
Sibert also had a career-high seven steals.
Stat of the game: Dayton committed only two turnovers in the second half and 11 in the game.
It’s the team’s lowest turnover total since 11 against Fordham and La Salle in back-to-back games in early January. Dayton has committed exactly 11 turnovers in 10 of its 24 games.
Play of the game: Sibert was fouled by Andell Cumberbatch at the buzzer to end the first half and made two free throws with no time left. He missed the front end of a one-and-one on the previous possession but made both of these to give Dayton a 35-27 edge at halftime.
Turning point: The Flyers led 41-34 with 16:30 left in the game. A 3-pointer by Sibert at the 15:52 mark started a 14-5 run over the next four minutes.
Quote of the game: Sibert on the Flyers continuing to overcome adversity: “We just find ways. We just keep churning them out.”
Around the A-10: Virginia Commonwealth bounced back from its third loss in four games to win 79-66 at George Washington. Treveon Graham scored 10 points after missing the two previous games with a sprained ankle.
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