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Strong Defensive Effort Not Enough in 62-49 Setback vs. Dayton

Mckenna Maycock led the Bonnies with 16 points and eight rebounds. (Photo: Vic Ozogar)
Mckenna Maycock led the Bonnies with 16 points and eight rebounds. (Photo: Vic Ozogar)
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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure limited Dayton to 35 percent shooting from the floor, but could not overcome a second half run and fell to the Flyers Wednesday afternoon at the Reilly Center, 62-49.

Mckenna Maycock turned in an effort of 16 points and eight rebounds to pace the Bona attack.

"It was probably some of the best defense we've played all year. We were switching the ball screens which was putting us into some precarious mismatches," St. Bonaventure head coach Jesse Fleming said. "I thought we competed really well and fought hard. Overall if we can play with this kind of effort and get some of our role players coming around we can make a pretty good run."

After trailing by 10 early in the third quarter, the Bonnies put on an impressive 10-2 run to close within two.

Bona hit on six of its first nine attempts from the floor in the third and cut to a 32-30 margin just over five minutes into the third following a straightaway trey from Maycock at the 4:45 mark.

Dayton (8-7, 3-1 Atlantic 10) called timeout and immediately put together a game-changing rally.

The Flyers finished the third on a 13-2 run and opened the fourth by extending the sprint with buckets from Jayla Scaife and Jenna Giacone which stretched the visitors lead to 49-32.

The Bonnies pulled back within a 53-44 margin with 7:14 to play following a layup from Emily Calabrese, but could get no closer.

Cold shooting plagued both teams in the early going.

The Bonnies were limited to just five points in the first quarter, but Dayton shot 4-of-20 from the field to hold only a 12-5 lead after 10 minutes.

Dayton, picked to finish second in the A-10 preseason coaches' poll, went to the break leading by 10, 25-15, but the Bonnies came roaring back at the start of the second half.

Asianae Johnson added nine points and drew six fouls and Amanda Oliver paced the Bonnies on the boards with nine rebounds.

Neither team ever truly clicked offensively – Dayton shot 35 percent (23-for-64) while the Bonnies finished at 32 percent (18-57).

Scaife led the Flyers with 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting. 

St. Bonaventure remains at home to host Saint Louis Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

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