UNLV dominates second half to hand Dayton first loss

DaRon Holmes held to two points in loss

Credit: David Jablonski

Credit: David Jablonski

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The stay in the top 25 will be a short one for the Dayton Flyers.

After climbing from No. 24 to No. 21 following two victories in the opening week of the season, Dayton (2-1) started the second week with a 60-52 loss Tuesday to UNLV (3-0) at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Here’s a quick recap:

Star of the game: UNLV’s Elijah Harkless scored 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting.

Turning point: UNLV made back-to-back 3-pointers by Keshon Gilbert and Harkless with just over seven minutes to play to take a six-point lead. Although Dayton’s Koby Brea answered with a 3-pointer, that would be Dayton’s last field goal fo the game. It scored five points in the final six minutes, and all of them came at the free-throw line.

Injury factor: Dayton’s Toumani Camara did not play in the second half. He sat on the bench with a bag of ice on his knee. Dayton’s other big man, DaRon Holmes II, also limped to the locker room in the second half but returned to the game. Zimi Nwokeji left the game soon after with a bloody nose, and Richard Amaefule came off the bench at that point to make his Dayton debut.

Key stat: Holmes, who averaged 16.5 points in the first two games, was limited to two points on 1-of-5 shooting in 33 minutes.

Positive note: Dayton freshman Mike Sharavjamts made 4 of 6 3-pointers and scored 14 points. He has scored in double figures in the first three games of his career.

Looking ahead: Dayton flies home to Ohio on Wednesday morning. It plays Robert Morris at 1 p.m. Saturday in its final game before the Battle 4 Atlantis the following week.


Kobe Elvis scored 13 points to lead the Dayton Flyers to a 32-22 halftime lead. The first road game of the season for Dayton started around 11:10 p.m. in Ohio.

Here’s a quick recap of the half:

Top scorer: Elvis made 5 of 8 shots form the field, including 1 of 3 3-pointers. He scored seven points in a row at one point.

Big run: Dayton trailed 7-2 and then scored 15 of the next 17 points to take a 17-9 lead with 10:49 to play.

Hot shooter: Dayton freshman Mike Sharavjamts made 3 of 4 3-pointers and scored nine points in the half.

Surprising stat: Dayton’s big men, Holmes and Camara, combined for six points in the half.

Key stat: Dayton had a 21-10 rebounding advantage.

Ugly game: The teams combined for 22 turnovers. Dayton had 12 of them.

Roster news: Brea made his season debut after missing the first two games with a lower body injury. He played nine minutes in the half and missed both of his shot attempts.

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