Flyers soar in regular season opener

DAYTON — The University of Dayton men’s basketball team (1-0) defeated the Austin Peay Governors (0-1) on Friday evening at UD Arena by a score of 96-68 in the first game of the regular season.

It was all Flyers from the tip, as Dayton never trailed for a single second of the game. After an early 10-point deficit for Austin Peay, the Governors cut the Flyers early lead to as much as four after a Josh Robinson three pointer. But, that was as close as APSU would get. The Flyers swarming defense put an end to the Austin Peay run, scoring 13 points off turnovers in the first half to take a 44-27 lead at half. That trend continued for in the second half, as the Flyers rolled to a 96-68 victory.  Charles Cooke led the way with his best offensive game of his career, scoring a career-high 31 points on 11-17 (64.7%) shooting.
Game Breakdown

  • Dayton got off to a quick 12-2 start thanks to a quick eight points by Charles Cooke, forcing an Austin Peay timeout.
    •Out of the timeout, Austin Peay made a run of its own, cutting the lead to as much as four midway through the half.
    •Sophomores Ryan Mikesell and Sam Miller put a halt to the Governors run, scoring the next five Flyer points and kicking off a 13-0 run and eventual halftime lead of 44-27.
    •The second half was still all Flyers, as Dayton continued its hot shooting at 52.5% field goal and 40% three point in the second half to build its lead to as much as 34.
    •From there the Flyer bench continued to put the game away, led by Darrell Davis scoring 17 points on 50% shooting.


Inside the Numbers

  • Charles Cooke led the way with his best offensive game of his career, scoring a career-high 31 points on 11-17 (64.7%) shooting. His previous career high was 26 at Fordham 1/24/16.
    •Cooke’s 31 points were the most by a Flyer since Chris Wright scored 30 points vs. Western Carolina on 12/18/10.
    •Darrell Davis’ 17 points are the most he has scored since he scored 19 as a freshman against Boston University on 12/20/14.
    •Scoochie Smith stuffed the stat sheet for the Flyers, scoring 11 while also contributing five rebounds and six assists in 25 minutes.
    •Josh Cunningham had 13 points inhis Flyer debut, making five of six shots from the floor and hitting all three of his free throws.
    •Sam Miller matched his career-high with 10 points off the bench.
    •The team kicked off the regular season the right way offensively, shooting 54.4% from the field and 40.6% from deep. Nearly half of the team’s field goals came from inside, where the Flyers had a 46-28 advantage over the Governors.
    •The Flyers dominated in the open court, scoring 33 fast break points thanks to 17 forced turnovers.
    •Josh Robinson carried the bulk of the offense for the Governors, scoring 26 points on 8-17 (47%) shooting. The next highest scorer for the Governors was Porter-Bunton with 10.
    •The victory marks the 12th consecutive home-opening win for the Flyers, moving to 44-4 all-time in home openers.
    •The victory also marks the fourth win the Flyers have achieved over Austin Peay, the last being in 2006-07 when the Flyers defeated the Governors 78-62.


Up Next

  • The Flyers will travel to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 1:15 p.m. ET as part of ESPN’s Ninth Annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.
    •The team returns home to UD Arena on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. ET to take host on 17/19 Saint Mary’s. 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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