Flyers outlast Colonials, 77-70

DAYTON, Ohio – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team defeated George Washington 77-70 Friday night behind a season-high 26 points behind senior Dyshawn Pierre. The Flyers are now 14-3 on the season and 4-1 in Atlantic 10 action while George Washington falls to 14-4 overall and 3-2 in league play.


  • George Washington held UD scoreless for the first three minutes of play. However, Flyer senior, Dyshawn Pierre had enough. The 6’6″ forward scored Dayton’s first eight points including two 3-pointers.
  • Neither team could shake each other in the first half. There were seven lead changes with Dayton leading the half for 8:16, and George Washington leading for 9:20.
  • The first half ended with Dayton in the lead, 35-34. Pierre ended the first half just as he started it, sinking a three-pointer at the buzzer.
  • The second period was back and forth between the two Atlantic-10 powerhouses with 19 total lead changes. They remained within four points of each other until Dayton took the lead for good on a Kyle Davis fast break layup with 6:32 to go, followed by a Dyshawn Pierre three-pointer at the 4:02 mark to make it 66-61.
  • UD would keep it a two-possession game until George Washington cut it to three three times in the final 1:49.
  • The Flyers would have an answer all three times. Steve McElvene hit a pair of free throws with 1:37 to go. Charles Cooke would come through with an old-fashioned three-point-play with 46 seconds left and Dyshawn Pierre hit two freebies with 19 seconds in the game.
  • Scoochie Smith iced the game with a pair of free throws with nine ticks left on the clock.


  • Dyshawn Pierre led UD with his season high of 26 points, including five threes. He also had five rebounds and two assists. Pierre shot 7-11 FG, 5-9 from 3-pt. and 7-7 FT.
  • The 26 points were one off his career high.
  • Charles Cooke added 15 points, three rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
  • Off the bench, Steve McElvene was also in double-digit scoring with 12 points in 26 minutes. He also had six rebounds and two blocks.
  • Scoochie Smith had nine points, seven assists and four steals.
  • UD shot 26-61 (42.6 percent) from the field with only six turnovers while forcing 15 turnovers for the Colonials.
  • The Flyers were 16 of 17 from the line (94.1%), including 15 of 16 in the second half.
  • UD finished the game on a 20-9 run over the last eight minutes.
  • Dayton has now won its last 16 Atlantic 10 home games, and 32 of its last 33 home games overall.
  • The Flyers have won the last seven games played at the Arena against GW.


  • Dayton will travel to New York to play St. Bonaventure on Tuesday, January 19 at 7 p.m. ET at Reilly Center. 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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