The teams traded baskets in the final minute. Obi Toppin put Dayton ahead 73-71 with 34 seconds to go. Davidson tied the game on a layup by Jon Axel Gudmundsson with 11 seconds to play.
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Dayton didn’t call timeout and took the ball the other way. Jalen Crutcher drove to the basket and passed to Cunningham, who was fouled with 2.2 seconds left. He missed the first but made the second. Davidson then missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Cunningham led the Flyers with 21 points. Toppin scored 18. Jordan Davis had 15. Ryan Mikesell scored 10. Gudmundsson scored 26 for the Wildcats.
The Flyers held Davidson to 28 percent shooting in the first half and built a 37-25 halftime lead Tuesday at Belk Arena.
Dayton opened the game with three 3-pointers in the first five minutes to take a 9-4 lead. The Flyers led the rest of the half. Their largest lead was 13 points.
Josh Cunningham led Dayton with 10 points on 3-of-3 shooting and 4-of-4 shooting from the free throw line. Ryan Mikesell had eight points. Obi Toppin scored seven points.
KiShawn Pritchett led the Wildcats with eight points. He made 2 of 4 3-pointers. The team made 4 of 12.
Dayton also made 4 of 12 shots from long range and shot 46.4 percent from the field. Each team had six turnovers.
Trey Landers returned to action for Dayton after not playing Saturday because of a shoulder injury and was scoreless in seven minutes.