DAYTON, Ohio - Senior Chris Clover tied his career-high with 21 points and Charlie Brown, Jr., scored 19, but Saint Joseph’s (9-12; 2-6 A-10) couldn’t overcome Dayton (14-7; 6-2 A-10), falling 75-64 in Atlantic 10 action at UD Arena.
Trailing 47-35, early in the second half, SJU 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, Dayton 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.
The first 10 minutes of the game was all Saint Joseph’s as Brown scored the Hawks’ first 10 points on four shots in 2:38 to take a quick 10-3 lead. SJU continued the hot streak, making seven of its first eight shots, to go up 17-12, while Brown didn’t miss in five attempts.
Hitting 10-of-14 field goal attempts, Saint 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.
SJU’s scoring drought lasted over five minutes allowing Dayton 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.
Saint 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 Saint 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.
"They had 46 points from Mikesell and Toppin," head coach Phil Martelli said. "I thought Toppin had the highest upside of anyone in the league, and we didn’t have an answer for him in man or zone.
"In the first half, it was still the six turnovers. Too many turnovers, too many offensive rebounds [allowed]. 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."
Saint Joseph’s was without sophomore Anthony Longpré (concussion protocol) for the third straight game, and with the injuries to Lamarr Kimble and Pierfrancesco Oliva, had just seven full scholarship players available for the game.
The Hawks return home to start a stretch of four consecutive games in Philadelphia, beginning on Saturday against UMass at Hagan Arena.