Dayton holds off St. Joseph’s 77-70 behind Pollard’s 19 PTs

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Kendall Pollard scored 19 points, Charles Cooke added 16 points and Dayton took control in the second half on its way to a 77-70 win against Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday night.

Pollard’s jumper put Dayton up 55-44 with 10:52 left. Following Jai Williams’ dunk for the Hawks, Cooke hit a 3 and Xeyrius Williams added a jumper less than a minute later to put the Flyers up 60-46.

But St. Joseph’s promptly went on a 17-6 run and closed to within 66-63 on Lamarr Kimble’s 3 with 3:42 to play. Kimble scored nine points during the outburst, but the Hawks couldn’t get closer. Williams countered with a layup and Scoochie Smith added a 3 to blunt the comeback.

Dayton (18-5, 9-2 Atlantic 10) pushed the pace and outscored St. Joseph’s 18-2 in fast-break points.

Smith finished with 13 points and Williams had 11 for the Flyers.

Kimble led St. Joseph’s (10-13, 3-8) with 25 points and 10 assists -his first career double-double – and Charlie Brown scored 17.