The St. Joe’s Hawks (3-11) welcomed the Twentieth ranked, Dayton Flyers (13-2) to Hagen Arena on Hawk Hill.
Dayton took advantage of bad foul shooting by St. Joe’s to hold off an upset, 80-67.
The Hawks has a golden opportunity when Dayton’s Obi Toppin picked up his fourth foul and left the game for twelve minutes in the second half.
Things were promising for the Hawks when Ryan Daly banged a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 33-33. That coupled with the erratic shooting of the Flyers, 35.3% to end the half had the crowd abuzz anticipating the upset.
Dayton didn’t get the missive and corrected their efficiency with a 55.6% second half and blew open a one-point game with a 9-0 run.
The difference came down to free throws. Dayton was a lights out 17 of 18 but the Achilles Heel for the Hawks was a dismal, 13 for 22.
Toppin returned with 2:52 remaining and turned in a 15 point game that was aided by Ryan Mikesell and Trey Landers who each drained 18.
For the Hawks, Cameron Brown put down 16 points but the standout was Daly who chalked up a first-half double double with 15 points and 11 boards. Daly finished with a 22 point, 12 board contest.