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