Saint Louis 68, Dayton 65 (3 OT)
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 11 a.m. (CST)
Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis, Missouri
• Brooke Flowers’ sixth double-double and Ciaja Harbison’s team-high 21 points led Saint Louis to a 68-65 triple-overtime victory over Dayton in front of a record Education Day crowd of 6,283 at Chaifetz Arena.
• Playing the first triple-overtime game in its history, SLU improved to 8-11 overall and 3-3 in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a second straight win. Dayton fell to 9-8, 4-2.
• Flowers, who is one of only two A-10 players averaging a double-double in conference play, scored 13 points and grabbed a career- and game-high 20 rebounds. The 20 boards are the most by an A-10 player this season and just one shy of the Saint Louis record. She added a career- and game-high seven blocked shots.
• Harbison, whose 21 points included five crucial free throws in the third overtime, matched her career high of six rebounds and tied for game-high honors with four assists. Kerri McMahan scored 12 points, including four big free throws in the third extra session, and added four assists.
• Saint Louis won the opening tip and immediately took a 3-0 lead on an Evan Zars 3-pointer. The lead floated between one and five points the rest of the first quarter, which ended with the Billikens on top 21-19.
• Two free throws on Dayton’s initial second-quarter possession created a 21-21 tie, marking the only time Saint Louis did not lead in regulation until the end of the fourth quarter.
• Harbison netted two buckets and Flowers added one in the final 3:23 of the half to stretch a 28-26 lead to 34-26 at intermission.
• After Dayton whittled the margin to five at the 7:36 mark of the third quarter, Saint Louis tallied the next six points to establish its largest lead of the game, 44-33, with 2:49 left.
• The Flyers outscored the Billikens 5-1 the rest of the third, and they extended the run to 10-1 into the fourth quarter to trail 45-43 with 8:40 remaining in regulation.
• McMahan and Zars scored on SLU’s next two possessions for a 49-43 lead at the 7:04 mark, but those were the last field goals the Billikens would score in the fourth quarter. Dayton inched its way back and forced overtime with a layup in the closing seconds that made it 50-50.
• A layup with 17 seconds to play in the first overtime gave Dayton its first lead at 53-52. Harbison made the first of two free throws but missed the second, and UD’s game-winning attempt was no good.
• In the second OT, Dayton scored the first five points to go on top 58-53 with 3:24 left. But Zars made two from the line, Flowers sank a free throw, and McMahan hit a jumper in the lane with 39 seconds remaining for a 58-58 deadlock. Neither team scored on its final possession.
• Following three empty possessions by each team to begin the third overtime, Harbison netted four consecutive free throws for a 62-58 Saint Louis lead.
• The Billikens continued to keep the Flyers off the board, and two McMahan free three throws with 38 ticks left increased the lead to 64-58.
• Dayton broke its scoring drought by hitting a 3-pointer with 29 seconds left, and the Flyers trailed 65-63 after sinking two free throws with 19 seconds to play.
• Single free throws by McMahan and Harbison, sandwiched around two UD misses at the stripe, gave the Bills a four-point lead with 12 seconds remaining. A Dayton layup cut the margin in half with less than a second to play, and a final free throw by McMahan provided the final score.
• Saint Louis held Dayton to 24.7 percent from the field, the Flyers’ lowest mark of the season.
• The Billikens battled the Flyers to a 53-53 stalemate on the boards.
• SLU matched its season high of 32 free throw attempts, converting 21.
• Jordyn Frantz contributed nine points and six rebounds.
• Evan Zars had seven points and seven rebounds, both career highs vs. an A-10 opponent.
• Brooke Flowers committed no turnovers and Kerri McMahan had just one in career-high playing times of 52 minutes apiece.
Jayla Scaife, 22 points, 17 rebounds, three blocks; Shakeela Fowler, 14 points; Lauren Cannatelli, 13 points; Tiaera Phillips, 10 rebounds
The Billikens travel to Richmond, Virginia, to take on A-10 leader VCU Sunday, Jan. 27. Tip time is noon (CST).