Tough shooting night sends UNCG to loss at Dayton
DAYTON, OH – A 22-3 run by Dayton in the first half erased a slow start for the Flyers and lifted them past UNC Greensboro, 75-44, in men's basketball action at UD Arena on Saturday night.
Mikko Koivisto was UNCG's only player in double figures with 10 points. Koivisto extended his streak of games with a three-pointer to 33 in a row, third longest in the nation currently. Landon Clement added nine points.
Charles Little led Dayton with 15 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor. He was one of four Flyers in double-figures. Chris Johnson added 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
The win was the ninth straight at home for the Flyers (10-1) going back to last season. UNCG (1-8) lost its sixth straight away from home.
Dayton, which came into the game fourth in the nation in field goal defense at 34.1 percent, limited UNCG with a smothering defense. The Flyers held the Spartans to just 28.9 percent shooting from the field for the night. UNCG also committed 21 turnovers.
Neither team got off to a great start offensively as both were shooting below 30 percent in the first 10 minutes of the contest. UNCG's offense took a hit when Koivisto picked up two offensive fouls on consecutive possessions with nine minutes left in the half.
Despite missing nine of their first 11 attempts from three-point range, the Flyers began to get some separation late in the first half. Dayton held UNCG to just two points over a nine-minute span. That allowed Dayton to slowly extend its lead to double-figures. Mickey Perry's conventional three-point play with 4:54 left in the half gave the Flyers a 20-9 lead.
That was part of the 22-3 run by the Flyers in which UNCG went eight minutes without a field goal. Landon Clement's three-pointer in the closing seconds of the half was UNCG's first bucket in a span of 8:17 as Dayton took a 37-15 lead into the intermission.
Dayton missed seven of its first eight field goal attempts to open the second half and UNCG chipped away with an 8-3 spurt. The Flyers got back on track, however, shortly thereafter and the Spartans never got closer than 17 after that.
UNCG returns to action on December 31 when it hosts Akron in a 2 pm tip at Fleming Gymnasium.
DAYTON 75, UNCG 44
Mikko Koivisto 2-6 4-4 10; Landon Clement 3-4 0-0 9; Kendall Toney 3-12 0-0 7; Damian Eargle 1-3 3-4 5; Ben Stywall 1-4 3-8 5; Elhanan Bone 2-4 0-0 4;Pete Brown 0-0 2-2 2; Deangelo Jackson 1-2 0-0 2; Sean Spooner 0-1 0-0 0; Montel Smith 0-5 0-0 0; Daniel Oliver 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 13-45 12-18 44.
Charles Little 6-6 3-4 15; Chris Johnson 5-11 1-1 12; Luke Fabrizius 4-7 0-0 10; Marcus Johnson 3-6 3-4 10; Chris Wright 3-8 2-2 8; Rob Lowery 2-4 2-2 7; Devin Searcy 2-2 0-0 4; Mickey Perry 1-5 1-1 3; Luke Hendrick 0-1 2-2 2; Kurt Huelsman 1-3 0-1 2; Stephen Thomas 1-2 0-0 2; Brad Mceldowney 0-0 0-0 0; Dan Fox 0-0 0-0 0; Paul Williams 0-5 0-0 0; London Warren 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 28-64 14-17 75.
Halftime: Dayton 37-15. 3-point goals--UNCG 6-19 (Landon Clement 3-4; Mikko Koivisto 2-6; Kendall Toney 1-7; Daniel Oliver 0-2), Dayton 5-24 (Luke Fabrizius 2-4; ChrisJohnson 1-4; Marcus Johnson 1-2; Rob Lowery 1-3; Stephen Thomas 0-1; Paul Williams 0-4; Mickey Perry 0-4; Chris Wright 0-2). Fouled out--UNCG-None, Dayton-None. Rebounds--UNCG 29 (Ben Stywall 6), Dayton 41 (Chris Johnson 8). Assists--UNCG 8 (Daniel Oliver 3), Dayton 18 (Mickey Perry 3). Total
fouls--UNCG 17, Dayton 15. Technical fouls--UNCG-None, Dayton-None. A-12706
FREE THROWS: Saturday's game was the first-ever meeting between the two schools... UNCG used its eighth different starting line-up of the season... Mike Hardiman did not dress for the second straight game, resting a sore foot... Mikko Koivisto was still battling illness on Saturday. He played through it, however, for the second straight game with the prospect of 11 days between games... Daniel Oliver went down in the first half after getting kicked in the neck. He laid on the floor for several minutes while being examined by the medical staff from both teams. However, after a precautionary examination, he returned to play in the second half... The Spartans did lose the services of Landon Clement in the second half after suffering an injury to his right shoulder. He is listed as day-to-day... It was the third straight game that only one Spartan scored in double figures.
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