LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Four Flyer juniors scored in double figures as Dayton held off a furious rally by Iowa to win 82-77 in the first round of the AdvoCare Invitational.
Charles Cooke led UD with 22 points, Kyle Davis and Kendall Pollard each scored a season-high 16 points and Scoochie Smith finished with 11 points and seven assists.
The Flyers improved to 4-0 on the season, while Iowa dropped to 3-1.
•Dayton took a 45-39 lead at halftime thanks to a balanced effort from Kyle Davis (10 points), Kendall Pollard (nine points) and Charles Cooke (eight points).
•The Flyers were up by as many as 14 in the second half, but Iowa went on an 13-0 run to take the lead 72-69 with 3:10 to play.
•Dayton closed the game on an 11-2 run thanks in part to a pari of layups by Smith in the final minute of action.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
•Dayton is 4-0 to start the season for the first time in two years.
•The Flyers are also 4-0 at the AdvoCare Invitational.
•With a strong showing of the Flyer Faitthful, the evening session crowd of 4,871 is an all-time record in 10 years of the Orlando tournament.
•In exempt tournaments under coach Archie Miller, Dayton is now 8-2 against the power five conferences.
•Dayton is 28-11 in the last nine years against the power five programs, 2-0 this season with wins over Alabama & Iowa.
•Iowa was lights out from beyond the arc hitting 12-of-24 from three. However, UD made up for hit going 21-of-27 at the free throw line.
•UD held a 39-33 advantage on the glass.
•The Flyers will face the Monmouth Hawks in the second round of the AdvoCare Invitational on Friday, Nov. 27 at 9:30 p.m. ET.