GAME DETAILS

Saint Louis 68, Dayton 65 (3 OT)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 11 a.m. (CST)

Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis, Missouri

 

THE BASICS

• 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.

 

FIRST HALF

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.

 

SECOND HALF

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.

 

OVERTIME

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.

 

BILLIKEN NOTABLES

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.

 

DAYTON LEADERS

Jayla Scaife, 22 points, 17 rebounds, three blocks; Shakeela Fowler, 14 points; Lauren Cannatelli, 13 points; Tiaera Phillips, 10 rebounds

 

UP NEXT

The Billikens travel to Richmond, Virginia, to take on A-10 leader VCU Sunday, Jan. 27. Tip time is noon (CST).