Flyers roll the Tide 80-48

DAYTON, Ohio – The Dayton Flyers got a season-high 21 points from Charles Cooke Tuesday afternoon leading the way to an 80-48 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide at UD Arena.

The game was part of the nationally-televised ESPN Tip-Off Marathon, while 12,118 Flyer Faithful cheered UD on to victory, marking the 24th consecutive win in the friendly confines of UD Arena.

• Alabama held a two-point advantage (18-16) at the midway point of the first half, but Dayton outscored the visitors 24-6 over the final 10 minutes of the period.
• For the second straight game, the Flyers forced double-digit (10) first-half turnovers.
• Dayton’s largest lead of the game was 34 points, coming after a highlight-reel slam dunk on a beautiful freshman-to-freshman connection from John Crosby to Xeyrius Williams.
• The defensive effort was strong all afternoon, with the Flyers holding the Crimson Tide to just 30% (17-for-57) from the floor and 25% (5-for-20) from behind the arc.

• Ten Flyers reached the scoring column on the afternoon.
• Cooke was joined in double-figures by Scoochie Smith (15), Steve McElvene (13), and Darrell Davis (10).
• A closer look into Cooke’s performance: he shot 6-for-9 overall and 2-for-3 from downtown, while going a perfect 7-for-7 at the charity stripe. He also added seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal.
• Dayton shot 47% (28-for-60) from the floor and 43% (9-for-21) from behind the three-point line. Smith led the way with three triples for the game.
• The Flyers went a perfect 9-of-9 from the free-throw line in the first half.
• Adding to the defensive performance were McElvene and Cooke, who each came away with two blocks and were a constant disruption on shots in the paint.

Dayton welcomes William & Mary to UD Arena on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for the final home game of the month of November. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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