Dayton dominated by St. Joseph’s, falls back to .500

Dayton's Jalen Crutcher looks for a shot in the first half against St. Joseph's on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia.

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Dayton's Jalen Crutcher looks for a shot in the first half against St. Joseph's on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia.

Crutcher only bright spot on long night at Hagan Arena

The Dayton Flyers fell one point short of equalling their record first-half performance in their previous game. Only it took them 40 minutes to get there. They lost 81-65 to St. Joseph’s at Hagan Arena on Wednesday.

Dayton had 66 points at halftime Saturday in a 106-69 victory against Virginia Commonwealth at UD Arena.

Dayton has lost nine straight games at Hagan Arena. It fell to 9-9 this season and 3-3 in the Atlantic 10.

Jalen Crutcher led Dayton with a career-high 23 points. He made 7 of 10 3-pointers. The rest of the team made 6 of 28 3-pointers.

Dayton shot 37.1 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from 3-point range.

St. Joseph’s led 42-30 at halftime and opened the second half on a 10-3 run. Dayton never challenged with a serious run. James Demery led the Hawks (8-9, 3-3) with 19 points. Taylor Funk scored 18.

Dayton walk-ons Jack Westerfield and Camron Greer made 3-pointers in the final minutes.

FIRST-HALF RECAP

The Flyers trailed St. Joseph’s 42-30 at halftime Wednesday at Hagan Arena.

Dayton star: Jalen Crutcher made three 3-pointers in the first four minutes. He scored 14 points in the half.

St. Joseph's star: James Demery made 6 of 9 field goals and scored 15 points.

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Key stat: Dayton shot more than twice as many 3-pointers (7 of 22) as 2-pointers (4 of 10).

Big run: With the game tied at 20-20, St. Joseph's went on a 16-3 run in the next six minutes.

Lineup news: John Crosby won't play against St. Joseph's. He's sick and didn't make the trip to Philadelphia.

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