Crutcher hits big shot as Dayton pulls out victory against UMass

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Flyers coach talks after 72-67 win on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019.

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Flyers have won season-high six straight games

One year after missing a game-winning buzzer-beater in a loss at Massachusetts, Jalen Crutcher hit the big shot to lead the Dayton Flyers to a 72-67 victory over UMass on Sunday at UD Arena.

It wasn’t a buzzer-beater, but Crutcher’s 3-pointer with 1:10 to play broke a 67-67 tie and carried the Flyers (11-5, 3-0) to their sixth victory in a row. Dayton also ended a three-game losing streak against the Minutemen, who swept the season series last season.

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Trey Landers sealed the victory by making 2 of 4 free throws in the final minute. UMass missed its last two shots in the final minute after Rashaan Holloway tied the game with 1:36 to play.

Jordan Davis led the Flyers with 21 points. He made 7 of 11 3-pointers for the second straight game. Crutcher scored 19. Josh Cunningham had 15 points. Landers scored 12.

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Dayton never trailed in the game, but UMass tied the game three times in the final six minutes.

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Dayton's Jalen Crutcher: 'I had to make some 3s today'

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HALFTIME RECAP

Cunningham scored 14 points and Davis added 11 as the Dayton Flyers built a 38-33 halftime lead.

Cunningham, held without a field goal Wednesday in a 72-66 victory at George Washington, scored Dayton’s first five points. He made 6 of 8 shots from the field.

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Davis, who scored a career-high 25 points at GW and made 7 of 11 3-pointers, made his first three 3-pointers in this game.

Dayton led 8-0 in the opening minutes and maintained the lead throughout the first half. Its biggest lead was 10 points.

Luwane Pipkins led UMass with 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting.

Dayton shot 50 percent from the field and made 5 of 9 3-pointers. UMass shot 41.2 percent and made 3 of 12 3-pointers.

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