Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant wouldn’t have changed how he handled the final seconds of a 71-69 loss Sunday night at Mississippi State.
The Flyers rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half and were tied at 69-69 with the Bulldogs in the final minute. Jalen Crutcher missed a 3-pointer with 26 seconds to play, but Jordan Davis got the rebound. With the shot clock off, Dayton put the ball in the hands of senior guard Darrell Davis.
“That’s what I wanted to do,” Grant told WHIO’s Larry Hansgen in the postgame radio interview. “I thought worst-case scenario we would go to overtime and that we would get the last shot, and unfortunately for us, I don’t know if it was a deflection or if he lost it. I think if I had to do it over again, I’d want to do the same thing. I’d want to try to get the last shot of the game and play for overtime.”
Davis turned the ball over with 4 seconds to play. Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon stole the ball and went all the way to the other end for the game-winning lay-up with 0.8 seconds remaining.
"I saw Nick (Weatherspoon) hit the ball out of his hands,” Weatherspoon told reporters after the game. “It was loose, so I was just hustling to get to the ball before the defender did. I ended up getting to it first, and we ended up winning."