Josh Cunningham wanted to give Jordan Davis a hug. There wasn’t time for that, of course. The Dayton Flyers had to get back on defense.
The freshman guard Davis didn’t have his best shooting night Saturday, making 3 of 9 3-pointers, but he made the most important shot of the night, a 3-pointer with 1:09 to play in overtime. That gave Dayton an 82-78 lead. The Flyers sealed an 88-83 victory against Georgia State on Saturday at UD Arena with six free throws in the final 20 seconds.
“That was big time,” Cunningham said of Davis. “He’s definitely a shot maker. When they passed him the ball, I knew 110 percent it was going in.”
Davis had 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 36 minutes. He has scored in double figures six times in the first 10 games. He ranks third on the team in scoring (7.8 points per game).
Dayton coach Anthony Grant praised Davis for his willingness to attempt a shot at that crucial moment. Davis took the shot early in the clock. He didn’t hesitate after John Crosby passed him the ball.
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“I thought we at times passed up good looks that we had early in the clock and settled for some late-clock stuff that wasn’t good for us,” Grant said. “He was in rhythm. It’s a shot I have confidence, his team has confidence and he has confidence he can make on the break. I thought it was a big-time shot. It was great to see him make it and great to see it go in.”
Williams returns: Xeyrius Williams returned to action after missing five games with a back injury. He had two points and two rebounds in 13 minutes.
“It’s always good seeing people come back, especially X,” Dayton’s Josh Cunningham said. “I just can’t wait until he gets into the flow of things and gets going more. Once he gets healthy, he’ll be fine.”
Legend honored: A crowd of 13,005 gave former Dayton coach Don Donoher a standing ovation in the first half. He was honored three days after accepting the Dean Smith Award from the United States Basketball Writers Association at a banquet in Dayton.
Big day: Dayton senior walk-on guard Joey Gruden walked in the graduation ceremony Saturday morning at UD Arena and was on the bench Saturday night. His former walk-on teammate, Jeremiah Bonsu, now a graduate assistant at Bowling Green, watched Gruden graduate and sat in the stands during the game.
Next game: The Flyers left Sunday morning from Cincinnati for their game Tuesday at Saint Mary’s in Moraga, Calif. The Gaels (9-2) beat UC Irvine 73-66 on Saturday.
Saint Mary’s ranked 21st in the Associated Press poll after a 5-0 start but dropped out with back-to-back losses to Washington State and Georgia.