Kendall Pollard has never met a shot at the rim he couldn’t make. He’s never stepped to the foul line without all of UD Arena holding its breath.
Pollard, however, hit 6 of 8 free throws Saturday in a 63-60 victory over Richmond at UD Arena. He sank two big ones with 6:30 to go to trim Richmond’s lead to 52-50. He made two more minutes later, tying the game 55-55 with 2:59 to play.
Dayton coach Archie Miller said earlier this season Pollard would never be a great free-throw shooter, but he’s proven to be a strong player in the clutch. He certainly was Saturday. He finished with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting and had four rebounds.
“He’s a big money guy. He likes the big lights,” Miller said. “He did not practice one second coming back from Davidson with a sore knee. He basically took the floor today without practicing or preparing
“I thought with a couple of days off, he was a little winded. Second half, he started to really, really be physical under the basket. He got fouls. He got some things done in there. He fought through it.”
Rogers update: Junior forward Detwon Rogers, who was fighting back from a knee injury until he returned to practice in December, was not at the game and is not practicing.
“He wasn’t at the game tonight based on an academic situation he’s dealing with,” Miller said. “We held him out of the game. Right now, he’s going to be on a day-to-day basis. He’s going to have to get his academics in order in terms of what we expect from our guys every day. I doubt very highly he’ll play one minute this year. Where that goes from there, I don’t know.”
Around the A-10: No. 16 Virginia Commonwealth (16-3, 6-0) maintained its grip on first place with a 63-61 victory at Saint Louis on Friday. Treveon Graham hit a last-second shot to help the Rams avoid an upset by the Billikens (9-10, 1-5).
Davidson, which beat Dayton 77-60 on Tuesday, beat George Mason 80-73 in overtime Saturday. Brian Sullivan hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 1 second left in the second half. The Wildcats improved to 14-4 and 5-2.
Next game: The Flyers play Massachusetts (10-9, 3-3) in Amherst, Mass., at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Minutemen are ranked 68th in the RPI. They lost 62-56 at St. Joseph’s on Wednesday and don’t play again until Thursday.
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