DAYTON, OHIO - Senior Chris Clover tied his career-high with 21 points and Charlie Brown, Jr., scored 19, but St. Joseph’s couldn’t overcome Dayton (14-7; 6-2 A-10), falling, 75-64, on Tuesday night at UD Arena.
The loss was the second straight for St. Joe’s.
Trailing 47-35, early in the second half, the Hawks (9-12, 2-6 Atlantic 10 Conference) went on a 15-3 run, with eight points from Clover. Taylor Funk finished the run with a three-pointer to tie the game, 50-50, with 10 minutes to play.
Leading 54-52, the Flyers (14-7, 6-2) made a decisive 9-0 run over three to take a 63-52 lead with under seven minutes to go. Back-to-back threes by Funk pulled the Hawks within 63-58, but the Hawks couldn’t get any closer than seven points the rest of the way.
“It’s not that we have to play a perfect game but we have to control what we can control. And we can control the turnovers and the glass,” Hawks coach Phil Martelli said.
The first 10 minutes of the game was all St. Joseph’s as Brown scored the Hawks’ first 10 points on four shots in 2 minutes, 38 seconds to take a quick 10-3 lead. The Hawks continued the hot streak, making seven of their first eight shots, to go up 17-12, while Brown didn’t miss in five attempts.
Hitting 10 of 14 field goal attempts, St. Joseph’s took a 26-17 lead, but Dayton went on a 10-0 run to take its first lead, 27-26, at 8:04.
The Hawks’ scoring drought lasted over five minutes allowing the Flyers to score 14 in a row and take a 31-26 lead. By the time the half ended, Dayton had outscored the Hawks, 22-4, over 10 minutes to own a 39-30 lead at intermission.
St. Joseph’s finished the half hitting 44 percent (12-of-27) with Brown scoring 15 points.
Funk came off the bench to score 11 points for St. Joseph’s, while Markell Lodge had a team-high seven rebounds.
Obi Toppin scored 25 for Dayton, with Ryan Mikesell chipping in 21. The Flyers outrebounded the Hawks, 41-31.
St. Joe’s was without sophomore Anthony Longpré (concussion protocol) for the third straight game, and with the injuries to Fresh Kimble (broken right hand) and Pierfrancesco Oliva (dislocated left knee), had just seven full scholarship players available for the game.