Dayton used a balanced scoring effort from its starting lineup as the Flyers raced past Duquesne with an 81-55 victory on Saturday. In the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams, Dayton’s starting lineup scored 78 of the team’s 81 points as all five starters finished with at least 13 points.
Sophomore guard Kyle Davis paced Dayton (11-2, 1-0) with 17 points while Scoochie Smith, Jordan Sibert and Dyshawn Pierre all had 16 points. Kendall Pollard also chipped in 13 points as the Flyers only played seven players on Saturday.
Duquesne struggled with its perimeter shooting as they only shot 5-for-22 from beyond the arc. Derrick Colter, the nation’s leading 3-point shooter, was only 1-for-4 from distance on the afternoon.
Jeremiah Jones led the Dukes with 10 points.
Kyle Davis is continuing his tour of universities in Utah, transferring from Utah State to BYU, according to Greg Wrubell of KSL.com, who reported the news on Thursday night.
The sophomore forward started all but two games last season, averaging 9.1 points and 7.6 rebounds a night for the Aggies. Upon receiving his release from the school, he was offered by UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii and San Francisco along with BYU.
“I think Coach Rose expects me to play hard and take advantage of this year that I have to sit out,” Davis told Wrubell on Thursday, “to expand my game and become the best player I can be; to help us improve on the scout team and help the team win, even when I can’t play.”
Davis’ college career began in 2010, as a member of Southern Utah. He posted 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in almost 20 minutes per game. Following his freshman campaign, Davis, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, went to serve a mission. Southern Utah head coach Roger Reid retired in 2012, prompting Davis’ move to Utah State.
Davis will have two years of eligibility remaining once he sits out the 2014-2015 season, per NCAA transfer rules.