Second Half Surge Propels Dayton Past Furman, 70-50

Geoff Beans
Geoff Beans

Dayton, Ohio -- The Dayton Flyers shot 54% from the field over the final 20 minutes to outscore Furman 39-21 in the second half en route to a 70-50 victory over the Paladins on Saturday night before a crowd of 12,619 at the UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

The Flyers (8-2), who led 31-29 at intermission, connected on 5-of-11 three-point tries in the second half and turned a 17-15 halftime rebounding deficit into a 41-20 rebounding advantage by dominating the glass 26-3 in the second period.

Charles Cooke made all seven of his free throw attempts to pace the Flyers with 11 points, 15 rebounds and four assists, while center Steve McElvene added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Davis, Scoochie Smith and Darrell Davis added nine points each for Dayton.

Furman outscored Dayton 14-8 in the paint and shot 42.9% from the field in the opening half and led by as many as five points.  The Flyers used a 9-0 run, capped by a Smith trey with 6:38 to play in the period, to erase Furman's 17-12 lead and take control of the game.

Sophomore Geoff Beans came off of the bench to lead Furman with 12 points, including a 3-for-7 effort behind the arc.  Senior Stephen Croone added 11 points and three assists.

The Paladins (6-5) shot 38.2% on the night, but made just 6-of-21 three-point tries and two of only three free throw attempts.

Dayton connected on 44.7% of its shots, including 9-of-21 from long range.  The Flyers made good on 19-of-22 trips to the foul line and converted on 16 straight trips to the charity stripe following a miss in the opening minutes.

Furman looks to clinch a winning record in the non-conference portion of its schedule when it travels to Annapolis, Md., to face Navy on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on Patriot League All-Access with the link available at Fans can listen to the game on the Furman IMG Radio Network at WGOG 101.7FM and FoxSports 1440AM, as well as, on your mobile device through the TuneIn Radio app.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information