Dayton bounces back from bad loss with strong 2nd half, win vs. Davidson

Davidson was hitting its shots early and took a lead into the locker room at halftime at Dayton. For the Flyers, it was make or break time to avoid a second straight loss in conference play.

Jack Gibbs led the way with 31 points, 21 of them coming on three-point attempts, and six assists. Davidson had a 36-33 lead at the break but was unable to match the Flyers inside in the second half of an 80-74 win for Dayton.

Dayton’s 61-57 loss at La Salle over the weekend fell below the radar; a good thing for the team’s perception but still a game that impacted the team. The Explorers slowed the game down and worked Archie Miller’s team into a funk.

Miller said the team’s confidence was shaken further on Monday when leading scorer Charles Cooke suffered an oblique injury and was ruled out for the game.

“You know sometimes it’s just a couple guys making them, and then it becomes contagious,” Miller told CBS Sports’ Allie LaForce after the game. “I feel like we’ve been pressing so much to make an outside shot here of late, It gave us energy it gave us confidence. At the end of the day we were down a man with Charles [Cooke] coming in, and I don’t know how confident we were coming in because of the La Salle game. I was proud of the way they battled.”

Dayton hosts George Washington on Friday in a huge game for the Atlantic 10 title chase. It’s looking like the league might only have two or three bids to the tournament in March so any top-100 game is a must-win for the Flyers moving forward.

Dayton is now 3-1 in Atlantic 10 play after beating Davidson. (USATSI)

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