The Flyers once again dominated on the glass out-rebounding St. Bonaventure 45-30
OLEAN, NY – Chris Johnson scored 12 points and Marcus Johnson added 11 points and eight rebounds as the University of Dayton Flyers snapped a two-game losing skid with a 75-58 victory over the St. Bonaventure Bonnies.
UD utilized a balanced, team-oriented scoring attack as Devin Searcy came off the bench to tally nine points and six rebounds, while Kurt Huelsman added nine points and seven rebounds.
London Warren also added 11 points with seven of them at the free throw line to help Dayton improve to 15-6 overall and 4-3 in the Atlantic 10.
The Bonnies at one-point had the Flyer lead down to three at 46-43 with 11 minutes to play. But the Flyers went on a 15-8 run to begin to pull away midway through the second half.
UD eventually would separate for good thanks to a Marcus Johnson three-pointer with less than four minutes remaining to give the Flyers an 11-point lead.
The Flyers once again dominated on the glass out-rebounding St. Bonaventure 45-30. Dayton also converted 6-of-12 shots from beyond the arc and shot 74 percent from the foul line (25-of-34).
Defensively, UD limited the Bonnies to 37 percent shooting from the floor and tallied six team blocks.
Up next for Dayton is a home contest against the Xavier Musketeers on Saturday, Feb. 6. Tip-off is at noon ET.
Head Coach Brian Gregory
“People don’t realize that St. Bonaventure is two possessions away from being 5-1 in the league, with road wins at Duquesne and Charlotte. That’s how good they are. And that’s how good this league is. It’s nuts. I told (SBU head coach) Mark (Schmidt) I hope one of us wins by 10 points because these one-point games are getting old. He’s losing more hair and I’m getting grayer. But that’s how it is in this league. We have good coaches who get their teams ready to play, and the players in this league are better than ever.”
“Because of that, this is a great win for us. We needed this win. I thought we played well in spurts...maybe not the whole 40 minutes but give St. Bonaventure credit for that.“
“I thought our guys played well, especially with our defensive effort. We out-rebounded them by 15, but there was a 10-minute stretch where we did not rebound well and they were able to make a run.”
I thought Chris Johnson played well, Kurt Huelsman played well and London Warren played well. Marcus Johnson, Paul Williams and Mickey Perry did a great job defensively on (Chris) Matthews, who is a high-quality scorer.”
‘Overall I’m pleased, and a road win does make that seven-hour bus ride a lot smoother.”
“We got a lot of production from a lot of guys. That’s the way we need to play. We can’t have anyone play badly, but we need everyone to play like they can and just keep getting better. That’s how we will play the way we want to play.”
“The week between games comes at a good time. Those last two games (two one-point losses) were difficult emotionally. We lost one with the ball and one without the ball. Every guy is thinking ‘if I could just take one play back, get one play over, we win that game.’ That’s hard to get past and concentrate on the next game. Sometimes you want to make up for it too bad, and I think we saw some of that at the beginning of the game tonight. So it will be good to have a week to just get in the gym, work on our game and get ready for Saturday.”