When Massachusetts paused all athletic activities and couldn’t host a game against Dayton on Tuesday, the Flyers played VCU at home instead and lost 76-67.
Back in action: Dayton freshman R.J. Blakney has played in the last three games after missing the Saint Louis and Rhode Island games. He said Tuesday he was sidelined with a nagging calf issue.
Blakney has scored 37 points in 11 games, and more than half those have come in the last three games. He had 10 points against Duquesne, two against George Mason and seven against VCU.
Blakney also had his first dunk of the season in the first half against VCU. It was the last of six straight points Blakney scored in under a minute as Dayton stretched its lead to 25-17 with 9:50 to play in the half.
“It was just me playing hard and with energy,” Blakney said. “I just know when I come into the game to play hard and give my all. I’m not really worried about the points. If the points come, that’s cool.”
Defensive plan: VCU’s leading scorer, Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland, guarded Dayton’s top scorer, Jalen Crutcher most of the game when and limited him to eight points on 3-of-11 shooting.
“I just thought (Crutcher) never got in a great groove because of Bones’ on-the-ball pressure,” VCU coach Mike Rhoades told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “And then his teammates helped him.”
Injury updates: Dayton guard Rodney Chatman participated in a pregame shooting workout Tuesday. It’s the first time he has done that since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right hand on Jan. 6. He was not in uniform for the game. ... Center Moulaye Sissoko was not in uniform for the third straight game because of an undisclosed injury.