What will Dayton have to do better Friday? Take your pick of stats from the Fordham game.
“I don’t think there was any phase of the game where we performed the way we wanted to,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said.
Turnovers remain a big problem. The Flyers rank 326th in the country out of the 342 programs playing this season in turnover percentage, committing turnovers on 26.8 percent of their possessions.
Dayton had 17 turnovers against Fordham. A number were charge calls, and there were a few questionable ones. The last turnover was all on Dayton, though.
The Flyers led 52-50 with 1:17 to go when they were whistled for a shot-clock violation. Jalen Crutcher released a 3-point attempt just after the buzzer and made it. If it had counted, it would have ended a streak of nine straight missed 3-pointers.
Three-point accuracy has also hurt Dayton in its two A-10 losses. lt made 4 of 17 against La Salle and 4 of 23 against Fordham. In its last three victories, on the other hand, Dayton has made 24 of 62 3-pointers (38.7 percent).
Asked if Tuesday’s shooting was an aberration or something else, Grant said, “I wish I had an answer. I don’t.”
Injury news: Dayton guard Rodney Chatman will miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his right hand, UD announced.
“Surgery was successful,” Chatman wrote on Twitter. “Appreciate the ones who said a prayer and checked on me. Looking forward to getting back on the court with my guys soon.”
Chatman suffered the injury Dec. 30 during the Atlantic 10 Conference opener against La Salle. He did not play Saturday in a victory against George Mason at UD Arena or Tuesday in a 55-54 loss at Fordham.
Chatman played his first two seasons at Chattanooga, transferred to Dayton in 2018, sat out the 2018-19 season and started every game in the 2019-20 season. He started the first six games this season, averaging 10.0 points, 4.2 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
If Chatman can return in six weeks, he would miss 12 games. If he’s back in eight weeks, he would be back in time for the final game of the regular season March 3 against Virginia Commonwealth. The NCAA announced in the fall this season would not count against any player’s eligibility, so Chatman could choose to return next season if he wants.