No. 18 Dayton hopes to forget bad loss, takes aim at Duquesne

Following Friday’s ugly 49-47 loss at VCU, No. 18 Dayton seeks a bounce-back performance at home Tuesday against Duquesne.The Flyers (19-4, 9-2 Atlantic 10) managed to shoot just 17-for-47 (36.2 percent) from the field and 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) on its 3-pointers.On a night where Dayton didn’t have much offensive rhythm, the Flyers did hold VCU scoreless over the final 5:57, but still couldn’t overcome the shooting woes.”Obviously it was a struggle offensively for both teams,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. “It came down to one or two plays, and give VCU credit, they were able to make the plays at the end.”Dayton’s leading scorer on the season — and Wooden Award watch list member — DaRon Holmes II was held to just 3-for-8 shooting from the field and a 5-for-13 clip at the free-throw line.Holmes also had a chance to tie the game with a last-second runner, but it kicked off the back of the rim.”(DaRon) is a really good player,” Grant said. “Tonight wasn’t a great night for him. It wasn’t a great night for our team.”Leading the Flyers was Nate Santos’ 19 points. Despite Holmes’ off-night, his 19.4 points per game still leads the A-10. Santos averages 12 points per contest, second on the team.Prior to Friday, Dayton had won 16 of 17 games, including a 72-62 road victory against Duquesne on Jan. 12.Seeking revenge for that night, the Dukes (14-9, 4-6) travel to Dayton winners of five of their last six.Most recently, Duquesne picked up a 75-69 win at St. Bonaventure, thanks to 16 points and 14 rebounds off the bench from Fousseyni Drame.