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Photos and Game Summary: VCU Falls Short Against Dayton

The Rams missed their final two field goal attempts, while Dayton converted four straight free throws to clinch the win in the closing seconds of the game.

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VCU (17-9,7-6 Atlantic): 61
Dayton (24-2,13-0 Atlantic): 66

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Official VCU Game Summary

The short story: Freshman guard Bones Hyland led three VCU players in double figures with 18 points, but fifth-ranked Dayton slipped past the Rams Tuesday night at the Siegel Center.

OPENING TIP

  • Hyland finished 7-of-14 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc for the Black and Gold. He scored 13 of his points in the first half to bolster the VCU offense. The Rams trailed 36-29 at the break
  • Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva registered his ninth double-double of the season with 12 points and 17 rebounds for the Rams
  • VCU sophomore forward Vince Williams provided his best statistical game of the season for the Rams. The 6-foot-6 Toledo, Ohio native tied a career-high with 13 points and corralled six rebounds
  • Dayton guard Jalen Crutcher scored 18 points for the Flyers and knocked down all eight of his attempts from the charity stripe. Forwards Obi Toppin and Trey Landers added 12 and 11 points, respectively

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Dayton led by as many as nine points in the second half, but VCU closed to within 52-50 on a traditional three-point play by Williams with 6:19 remaining. But the well dried up for VCU over the next two minutes as Dayton hit 6-of-8 free throws to extend its lead to 58-51 with 4:18 on the clock
  • VCU would make one final push when a Williams’ tip-in trimmed the deficit to 62-59 with 26 seconds showing. But VCU could get no closer. The Rams missed their final two field goal attempts, while Dayton converted four straight free throws to clinch the win
  • Dayton jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after connecting on back-to-back threes from Obi Toppin and Ryan Mikesell, but the Rams responded with a 7-0 run capped off with a driving layup by Hyland at the 15:38 mark
  •  The Flyers hit 5-of-9 first-half 3 pointers and took a 36-29 lead into the locker room
  • VCU shot 36 percent from the field (21-of-57) and 28 percent from 3-point range (6-of-21), while Dayton shot 45 percent (19-of-42) in the contest and 71 percent (22-of-31) from the free-throw line

NOTABLE

  • VCU is the first team this season to hold Dayton under 70 points in a game; The Rams limited the Flyers to 6-of-18 shooting from the floor in the second half
  • The Rams outrebounded the Flyers 41-31, and collected 16 offensive boards on the night
  • VCU leads the all-time series against Dayton 11-7
  • Tuesday’s marked the 150th consecutive sellout at the Stuart C. Siegel Center

NEXT UP
VCU will travel to Chaifetz Arena on Friday, Feb. 21 to face the Saint Louis Billikens. The game is slated for a 9 p.m. (EST) tip and will be broadcast on ESPN2

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