Dayton Loses to LaSalle in OT

Free throws are key during crunch time. Dayton suffered the consequences Thursday night.

The Flyers had their biggest lead of the game in the second half by as much as 12 points. Dayton was up 65-62 with 24 seconds to go in regulation as Andres Sandoval missed the the first shot of 1 and 1. LaSalle would take advantage of the missed free throw on its next possesion by missing a 3, getting an offensive rebound, and then calling a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, LaSalle hit a 3 with 6 seconds left to tie the game at 65. Dayton had a chance with 6 seconds left, but Jimmy Binnie missed the 3 as time expired.

It was deja vou all over again in overtime for the Flyers. Dayton looked like it had the game in its hands after a Brian Roberts 3 pointer made it a 78-73 lead with 53 seconds left in overtime. LaSalle responded on its next posession by hitting a 3 pointer with 40 seconds left. On Dayton’s next possesion, Brian Roberts was fouled – the Dayton Flyers best player and best free throw shooter on the team shooting 87% for the season – and would shoot the 1 in 1 for Dayton. Brian Roberts, was only human and missed the foul shot as LaSalle rebounded the ball and hit a 3 with 14 seconds left. Brian Roberts missed a jump shot on the next possesion and LaSalle was fouled with 4 seconds left as they made both free throws to make 81-78 with 4 seconds remaining. Brian Roberts missed the tieing 3 point at the buzzer.

Dayton shot an embarassing 4-of-10 from the foul line which cost them the ball game Thursday night.

It was another heartbreaking and disappointing loss for the struggling Flyers to make it the 7th loss in the last 10 games.

The Dayton Flyers once again couldn’t execute on the road and put away a second rate team Thursday night. This loss really brought down Dayton’s confidence and¬†chances to make the NCAA tournament.¬† Dayton takes on cross town rival #10 Xavier at home Sunday afternoon.

One Response to “Dayton Loses to LaSalle in OT”

  1. DZS says:

    Good analysis. I’ll be at the XU game on Sunday. This is a must win for UD. If they lose to XU, their chances of NCAA tourney are over.

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