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“From a defensive standpoint, it may have been our best effort of the year,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. “The guys were locked into the scouting report. We did a tremendous job. Davidson is a very difficult team to guard with their spacing, their skill level and their shooting and the pace they run their offense. Our guys were on point in terms of what we needed to do from a defensive standpoint, which allowed us to get out and build the lead. They made their run, and we made a few of their own.”
Postgame: Dayton's Anthony Grant after beating Davidson
Davidson (10-8, 5-2) didn’t score in the first six minutes. The Flyers came out in a man-to-man defense to guard against the 3-pointer, and it worked for a while. Davidson, which leads the A-10 in 3-pointers made (195 of 519) and ranks second in percentage (37.6), cut an early 12-0 deficit to 12-6 with two quick 3-pointers.
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Davidson had a better-than-average night from behind the arc, making 10 of 23 3-pointers (43.5), its fourth-best effort of the season. Dayton did a better job against Davidson inside the arc. The Wildcats rank 13th in the country in 2-point percentage (56.6) and shot 50 percent (15 of 30) against Dayton.
“We know they’re a prolific 3-point shooting team,” Grant said. “Sometimes you get caught up in hugging your man and being worried about where your guy’s going and what he’s doing. We had to be in a position where we could not only guard the 3-point line but also make sure they didn’t get anything free at the rim, any easy layups. Our guys did a great job of being in a position to help each other. (Davidson) did a lot of cutting. Our guys were aware of where they needed to be and when we needed to switch.”
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