Less than 48 hours after they moved back into a three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic 10, Dayton was back in action. But their trip to Pittsburgh to take on Duquesne did not go as planned, as the Flyers struggled to corral the Dukes in an 83-73 Duquesne victory.
Five players scored in double figures for Jim Ferry’s team, with guard Derrick Colter scoring a team-high 25 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field. As a team the Dukes shot 52.5% from the field, assisting on 21 of their 31 made field goals. Among the other four double-digit scorers was guard Micah Mason, who tallied 17 points and also accounted for nine assists and eight rebounds.
Duquesne was able to take advantage of Dayton’s deficiencies in both depth and interior size, scoring 49 points in the paint and receiving 20 points from their bench.
Dayton’s Dyshawn Pierre led all scorers with 27 points, and he also grabbed 12 rebounds in what is is third consecutive game with a double-double. However other Flyers struggled offensively, as Jordan Sibert’s 12 points were scored on 4-for-14 shooting and fellow guards Darrell (three points) and Kyle Davis (five points) combined to shoot 2-for-15 from the field.
Dayton dropped to 20-6 overall and 10-4 in conference play as a result of the loss, with Duquesne moving to 9-16 (4-10 Atlantic 10). In NBCSports.com’s most recent bracket Dayton was an eight-seed, but this kind of result doesn’t help the Flyers as they look to make a return trip to the NCAA tournament.