Crutcher made 4 of 5 3-pointers and scored 19 points after a three-game stretch in which he made 2 of 16 shots from long range. He also hit the clutch shot one season after missing what would have been a game-winning shot at the buzzer at UMass in the second half in a game Dayton lost 86-82 in double overtime.
“I remember that shot every day,” Crutcher said. “I always think about that shot.”
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Dayton's Jalen Crutcher: 'I had to make some 3s today'
Crutcher stole the headlines from his fellow sophomore guard, Jordan Davis, who made 7 of 11 3-pointers against GW and 6 of 8 in this game. After scoring 25 points in the 72-66 victory at GW, he scored 21 points.
Asked what was the key to staying hot, Davis said, “Just keep shooting and just keep believing.”
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Davis scored 11 points in the first half to help lead the Flyers to a 38-33 halftime lead. Josh Cunningham had 14 of his 15 points in the first half.
In a matchup of the two highest-scoring offenses in the Atlantic 10, Dayton held UMass to 3-of-12 shooting from 3-point range in the first half. The Minutemen caught fire in the second half, making 7 of 13.
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Dayton made 11 of 19 3-pointers, but its offense went cold in the final 10 minutes. After a jumper by Crutcher at the 9:21 mark, Dayton didn’t make another field goal until Crutcher’s 3-pointer. The Flyers scored four points in that stretch — all on free throws by Trey Landers —as a 61-55 lead slowly slipped away.
Crutcher’s shot helped Dayton stay atop the A-10 in a tie with Davidson (12-4, 3-0) and Saint Louis (12-4, 3-0).
"I thought this was a really hard-fought game today," Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. "Both teams competed at a high level. We talked about it before the game that this would be that type of game. I say this all the time. Everyone in the preseason said when you look across the A-10, this is a year when anything can happen in the league, and obviously UMass comes in 0-2 in conference play, but they've been right there throughout the year. We knew this would be a battle."