PITTSBURGH, Pa – Charles Cooke scored 21 points to lead the Dayton Flyers to a 66-58 road victory over the Duquesne Dukes.
The win is Dayton’s fourth in a row.
UD improved to 11-2 overall and 1-0 in the Atlantic 10. Duquesne, 10-4 overall and 0-1 in the Atlantic 10, suffered its first home loss of the year.
Dyshawn Pierre added 10 rebounds off the bench and Sam Miller scored a career-high nine points.
The Flyers led 25-20 at the half despite limited the Dukes to 4-of-26 (15 percent) from the field.
The Dukes regained the lead 33-32 early in the second half. However, the Flyers used an 11-4 run to regain the lead for good.
After four straight free throws by Cooke, Duquesne cut the deficit to 60-56 with 38 seconds to go. Kyle Davis pushed the lead back to six with 30 seconds after two more made free throws.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Dayton’s bench was key to the victory. Miller and Darrell Davis each scored nine points. The Flyers held a 25-12 advantage in bench points.
Dayton started 0-for-16 from three-point range before Darrell Davis sank one before the end of the first half. UD finished 3-of-25 for the game.
The Flyer defense was smothering allowing the Dukes to shoot just 15 percent from the field. It was the lowest field goal output in a first half this year against Dayton.
The 20 points allowed were the second-fewest in a half by the Flyer defense.
Dayton shot 15-of-17 from the free throw line in the second half.
Cooke finished the game shooting 5-of-9 from the floor and made 9-of-10 free throws.
The Flyers head home to host the Massachusetts Minutemen on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. ET.