Flyers rally falls short against #17 St. Mary’s

DAYTON, Ohio – Despite a ferocious comeback late in the second half, the University of Dayton men’s basketball team fell to the #17 ranked Saint Mary’s Gaels at UD Arena Saturday afternoon by a final score of 61-57. After trailing by 20 with 8:20 left in the game, Dayton went on a 23-7 run. But the lead proved to be insurmountable and Saint Mary’s escaped with the victory.


  • John Landale and Calvin Hermanson combined to score the first 19 points for the Gaels, giving Saint Mary’s a 19-11 lead at the under 12 media timeout.
  • The Flyers would cut the Gaels’ lead to three after a Scoochie Smith contested lay-up, making it 19-16. From their Saint Mary’s went on an 11-0 run, stretching their lead back out to 14.
  • Turnovers and rebounding proved to be the Achilles heel for Dayton, allowing Saint Mary’s 17 points off turnovers and 12 second chance points during the first period.
  • Eight was the number. Dayton turned the ball over eight times in the first half and gave up eight offensive rebounds, resulting in 29 points for Saint Mary’s.
  • Smith led the Flyers with nine points in the period while Hermanson and Landale led the Gaels with 13 & 11 respectively.
  • Saint Mary’s assisted on 11 of their 13 made field goals in the first period compared to UD assisting on two of seven.
  • The Gaels led at half 39-26.


  • Over the first 12 minutes of the second half, Dayton shot 11 percent (2-17) from the field. Saint Mary’s took advantage and stretched the lead to 20, leading by a score of 54-34.
  • From there on out, it was all Flyers. Scoochie hit a three, followed by a Mikesell layup and then a Cooke three, cutting the lead to 12.
  • A few possessions later, Cooke got a steal on defense and took it the other way, was fouled, and knocked down both free-throws to cut the lead to eight with 2:18 to play
  • Smith then picked the pocket of Saint Mary’s Emmett Naar which led to a fast break lay-up. The deficit was down to six with 1:51 to play when Dayton got another stop. Cooke missed a three but Sam Miller was right there for the put-back and SMC lead was 58-54 with 1:42 to play
  • With 25.7 seconds left and Dayton down 4, Cooke hit a turn-around jumper in the lane and was fouled on the play, he missed the free throw and Dayton trailed by two, 59-57.
  • That was the closest Dayton would get though, they pressed the subsequent inbounds pass which led to Xeyrius Williams stealing the ball and going for a game-tying layup. He was called for a charge on the play and Saint Mary’s regained possession. Naar then made two free-throws to extend lead to four and seal the victory.
  • Dayton shot 31 percent from the field (9-29) including 23 percent from three (3-13) during the second period.

Inside the Numbers

  • Dayton went on a 23-7 run over the final 8:20 but it wasn’t enough to overcome Saint Mary’s lead.
  • Charles Cooke led Dayton with 19 points (11-13 FT) and seven rebounds. Scoochie Smith contributed 16 points, three assists and three steals.
  • The Flyers shot 34 percent (16-47) in the game, including 27.3 percent (6-22) from three.
  • Dayton assisted on five of its 16 made baskets, compared to Saint Mary’s assisting on 16 of 20 field goals.
  • The Flyers were outrebounded 38-31, giving up 12 offensive rebounds.
  • Calvin Hermanson led the Gaels with 16 points while Jack Landale dropped 15 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.

Up Next

Dayton will travel to Anaheim, California to play against Nebraska at 8:30 PM on Thanksgiving night in the Wooden Legacy tournament. The Flyers will play three games in the tournament (11/24, 11/25, 11/27).

Dayton’s next home game is on Saturday, Dec. 3 at home against Winthrop. 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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