Men’s Basketball: Landers’ Career-High 26 Points Leads Flyers To Victory Over Fordham

James Dronzek
Contributing Writer

Sophomore guard Trey Landers led the Flyers in a shootout victory over the Fordham Rams, 80-70, Saturday night at UD Arena.

Good Day For Tre(y) Landers 

Landers, who had a career-high 26, got most of his scoring early. He poured in 15 points over nine minutes (6-8 FG, 3-4 3FG) to give Dayton a 20-11 lead midway through the first half.

“It got us going,” Landers said. “We knew they played a weird defense, and I got a lot of shots up before the game.”

The rest of the Flyers followed his lead, scoring 42 points in the first half with efficiency (68 percent from the field and 60 percent from behind-the-arc).

Fordham stood their ground, however. They didn’t shoot as well as the Flyers, but well enough to stay in the game. The Rams shot just under 44 percent from three (7-16), hitting the tres in crucial times to avoid relinquishing the momentum to Dayton.
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Battling Back And Forth

This played an important role in the second half, which was more of a rollercoaster ride. The Flyers’ focus switched from jumpers to scoring inside, which, alongside a steady defense, triggered a 19-point lead with nine minutes to go.

However, Dayton’s 10 second half turnovers allowed Fordham to cut the Flyers’ lead to 72-68 with five minutes left.

“The game changed when we started turning it over, but I think our guys finished strong with good plays and some defensive stops,” Grant said.

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Flyers Calm The Nerves

Following a timeout, Dayton went on a 7-0 run to seal the deal. Six of these points came from Landers.

Freshman guard Jalen Crutcher also had an important role in the win, scoring 19 points on six-for-eight shooting and adding six assists.
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What’s next?

This win ends Dayton’s two-game losing streak. They are now 12-14 (4-10) on the season.

The Flyers remain home to take on Saint Louis, Tuesday night at 9 p.m.

Photo Taken By Griffin Quinn/Staff Photographer