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VCU slows down Dayton, wins 80-66

The Atlantic 10 Conference schedule is cookin' now and Virginia Commonwealth flew out to Dayton to play the University of Dayton Flyers in that big UD Arena they play in. UD came into tonight at 13-5 and 1-2 in A-10 play while VCU is a game better at 14-4 and 2-1 in the A-10.

Rotnei Clarke of Butler drives against Vee Sanford of Dayton in the 2013 Atlantic 10 tournament at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn.
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Dayton shoots 46.1 % as a team (nationally number 41) which means they get a lot of close up shots. VCU on the contrary doesn't have a tremendous shooting percentage though, to be fair, they launch a lot of threes which cuts that number way down.

Each of these teams scores just about the same number of points/game. Dayton scores 76.1 points/game (number 78 nationally) while VCU scores 75.3 points/game (number 96 nationally.)

VCU is number one in D1 hoops in steals/game with 12.7 of those.

Tonight in Ohio in Dayton the Rams took on the Flyers in what proved to be a challenge for Dayton who had trouble getting off enough shots to keep the game close enough to win.

Virginia Commonwealth Rams @ University of Dayton Flyers: January 22, 2014--7 P.M.

Dayton had a starting five tonight of Devon Scott, Jordan Sibert, Devin Oliver, Dyshawn Pierre and Khari Price. VCU countered with a starting five of Jordan Burgess, Juvonte Reddic, Rob Brandenburg, Briante Weber and Treveon Graham.

VCU started out launching tonight in the first half; the Rams had six different playes launch threes in the first half on their way to a 36-27 half time lead. The Flyers ended up shooting over 50% in the first half though they only took 21 shots and went 11-21 from the field.

VCU was comfortable shooting threes in the first 20 minutes; they were 6-17 from three-point distance so they kept stretching out Dayton to cover them.

In the second half both teams fouled a lot so the number of field goal attempts was diminished. VCU took a ton of free throws in the second half; VCU pulled away anyway despite the slowdown and attained a 20-point lead (69-49) at 5:55 over Dayton.

VCU coasted to the road win, 80-66.

VCU got a great performance off the bench from guards Melvin Johnson and JeQuan Lewis who combined in 36 minutes of play to shoot 6-11 (5-7 on three-pointers) for 17 points.

Only seven players, believe it or not, took shots tonight for Virginia Commonwealth. Seven players scored points tonight for VCU. Briante Weber (18 points), Treveon Graham (14 points) and Juvonte Reddic (18 points) led the Rams in scoring.

For Dayton Devin Oliver (21 points) and Dyshawn Pierre (14 points) led the Flyers in scoring.

VCU's starters played 143 minutes which is a bit more than they usually play; the Rams starters shot 24-50 from the field. As a team VCU shot 30-61 from the field which included 9-24 from 3-point distance; VCU shot 11-13 free throws for the game, all of them coming in the second half.

Dayton's starters played 125 minutes and shot 7-12 field goals in the first half and 16-28 (5-9 on 3-pointers) for the whole game. As a team Dayton shot 22-47 fom the field including 7-14 on 3-point shots. The Flyers shot 15-26 free throws.

Dayton gave up the ball 18 times on turnovers which accounted for their low number of field goal opportunities; VCU, in contrast, only turned the ball over seven times in the game.