NEW YORK (AP) – Charles Cooke scored 14 points, Dyshawn Pierre had 10 points and 14 rebounds, and top-seeded Dayton cruised to a 69-54 victory Friday against Richmond in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
The Flyers (25-6) will face either St. Joseph’s or George Washington in Saturday’s semifinals at Barclays Center.
T.J. Cline led 10th-seeded Richmond (16-16) with 25 points. Ten days ago, the Spiders lost a one-point game at Dayton, but they were out of this one early.
The Flyers, who lost the A-10 championship game last season to VCU, dominated the first half, racing to a 20-4 lead and going to the break leading by 13.
The lead hit 20 three minutes into the second half, when Cooke finished a fast break with a two-handed slam. Cooke’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with 11 minutes left made it 54-29.
Dayton hasn’t won an A-10 tournament since 2003.
8News is back inside the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn to bring you more coverage from the Atlantic 10 Championship. Today, we have the top seeded Dayton Flyers (24-6, 14-4) against the nine seed Richmond Spiders (16-15, 7-11). In their only meeting this season, Dayton beat Richmond 85-84.
14:00 — T.J Cline has all four of Richmond’s points so far. Dayton 10 — Richmond 4.
Stat line — Richmond is shooting 10 percent from the field and is 0-3 beyond the arc.
9:14 — Mooney just called a timeout after Dayton went up by 16. Dayton 20 — Richmond 4.
8:50 — Jones responds with a three-ball. Dayton 20 — Richmond 7.
4:50 — Richmond is having trouble on defense and finding the basket. Dayton 29 — Richmond 13.
Stat line: The Spiders are being out rebounded 18-11 and are hoovering around 30 percent from the floor. That will have to change if they expect to get back in the game.
1:19 — Cline (10 points) is on the bench right now. Dayton 20 — Richmond 10.
Halftime: Dayton 33 — Richmond 20.
Throwing shade: And now you know why I’m not on TV! See above video.
15:15 — The Spiders have managed to score only four points so far in the second half. Dayton 44 — Richmond 24.
13:08 — T.J. Cline now has 19 points and about 2/3 of Richmond’s offensive production. Dayton 49 — Richmond 29.
Stat line: Shooting woes continue for the Spiders. They are 26.7 percent from the floor and 15.4 percent from beyond the arc. In their defense, Dayton had the number two ranked defense in the conference.
7:51 — The good news — timeout on the floor. The bad news for Spiders fans — Dayton is up by 22 points. Dayton 56 — Richmond 34.
Stat line: Dayton has three players in double figures. No one player is dominating — they are doing a great job of spreading the wealth.
Offbeat observation: VCU fans are in the house and are already chanting V-C-U.
Final Score: Dayton 69 — Richmond 54.