Dayton 75, St. Bonaventure 58
How Dayton Won: This was closer than the final score, a four-point game with eight minutes to play. The Flyers opened room by taking advantage of their inside superiority, getting key baskets from 6-8 Chris Wright and 6-10 Devin Searcy. Flyers also cashed 25 of 34 free throws and had their way on the backboards, 45-30. The rebounding favored Dayton, 26-8, at the half.
Turning Point I: When Bona center Andrew Nicholson checked into the hospital with apparent food poisoning.
Turning Point II: Those two baskets by Searcy (a layup) and Wright (an alley-oop dunk) made it 59-49 with 5:45 remaining. Bona never got closer.
Player of the Game: Dayton rolls so many players that it's a chore to pick any one. Have to ride with guard London Warren, who scored 11 points, went 7 of 10 from the line and handed out four assists to go with two steals.
Stat of the Game: Has this ever happened anywhere in the college game? Bona's starters weren't credit with a single rebound as the Bonnies were blitzed on the boards, 26-8, in the first half. And every starter played at least nine first-half minutes.
He Said It: "They're good. They're athletic. And I think when they shoot the ball from the perimeter they're really good. When they don't shoot the ball from the perimeter, they're a team some of the good teams can get." -- Bona coach Mark Schmidt on Dayton.
In the House: The largest crowd of the season, 5,290, left feeling empty when the Bonnies went down with Nicholson on the sidelines looking like he'd seen a ghost and ingested 100 suicide wings.
Next Up: Bonnies make their longest road trip of the season to face Saint Louis at 8 Wednesday.
-- Bob DiCesare
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