Dayton beats Davidson in thriller at UD Arena

Jan 23, 2018

Jalen Crutcher hit a go-ahead 3-pointer, and Trey Landers added two clutch free throws as the Dayton Flyers rallied to beat Davidson 65-64 on Tuesday at UD Arena.

Dayton trailed 61-60 with 56 seconds left when Crutcher hit a 3-pointer. Landers hit two free throws with 22 seconds left.

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Davidson trimmed the deficit to one with a 3-pointer by Kellan Grady with 3 seconds to play. Darrell Davis missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Davidson’s Kellan Grady missed a halfcourt shot at the buzzer, but the officials were waving the shot off before it missed. It came after the buzzer.

The Flyers improved to 10-10 and 4-4 in the Atlantic 10 with a victory over second-place Davidson (10-8, 5-2), which saw its five-game winning streak end.

Landers led the Flyers with 16 points. Josh Cunningham had 15. Darrell Davis scored 14. Crutcher had 12.

Postgame: Dayton's Anthony Grant on beating Davidson Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

FIRST-HALF RECAP

The Dayton Flyers scored the first 12 points of the game and built a 31-26 halftime lead against Davidson on Tuesday at UD Arena.

Dayton’s star: Josh Cunningham made 6 of 9 shots from the field and scored 12 points.

Davidson’s star: Peyton Aldridge scored nine points on 3-of-5 shooting to lead the Wildcats.

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Key stat: The Flyers had three turnovers in the half. They had 21 in their last game, an 88-74 loss to Rhode Island.

Big run: Other than the opening 12-0 run, Dayton went on an 10-1 run to turn a 19-18 lead into a 29-19 advantage.