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SFU Men Fall at Dayton

Brown, Jackson each net 13 in the loss.
DAYTON, OHIO - The Saint Francis U men's basketball team showed plenty mettle in its first meeting with Dayton in 47 years, but the Flyers pulled away in the game's last four minutes for a 70-56 win Wednesday.

SFU junior Ollie Jackson (Dallas, Texas/Pinkston ) knotted up the score at 54-54 with 4:06 to play – the fifth tie of the evening – but the Red Flash offense went cold down the stretch, while Dayton broke away with a 16-2 run.

Jordan Sibert keyed the late charge with seven points, including a game-changing 3-pointer to get the ball rolling for the Flyers (2-0).  Devin Oliver led Dayton with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

"We battled for about 37-and-a-half minutes then they hit a big three and at that point we just couldn't get anything going," said SFU coach Rob Krimmel.  "I'm proud of the way we battled and the way our guys competed against a much bigger, stronger team.  Our effort was there."

Four Red Flash scored in double figures with 13 apiece coming from Jackson and junior Earl Brown (Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter).  Brown also pulled down 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and the 12th of his career.

Sophomore Ronnie Drinnon (Jamestown, Ohio/Greenview), an Ohio native, chipped in 10 points as did freshman Malik Harmon (Queens, N.Y./Christ the King), who is averaging 11.6 points through his first three collegiate games.

Dayton scored the first four points of the game and led by as many as eight in the first half, but the Red Flash answered each run, neutralizing the announced crowd of 12,002.  SFU entered the intermission looking up a 33-28 deficit.

"Tonight was definitely a game we can build on," said Krimmel.  "This is a great environment, a packed house, and something we can draw on later in the year."

Saint Francis tied the score twice in the second half: at 45-45 with 8:35 to play and again on Jackson's free throw makes.

--Saint Francis Athletic Communications
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