“Great, great win for our team today,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. “I’m really proud of the effort our guys gave. I thought the first half, from a defensive standpoint, may have been the best half we’ve played this season. I thought our guys were really locked into the scouting report and were really locked into the energy and effort level we needed to play with. We were able to build a lead.”
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Dayton seized control with a 10-0 run starting with a 3-pointer by Jalen Crutcher at the 16:31 mark of the first half. That broke a 4-4 tie. The Flyers led by as many as 18 points in the first half and were up 39-25 at halftime.
The Bonnies never got closer than seven points in the second half. Dayton clinched the game at the free-throw line. Darrell Davis, who led the Flyers with 28 points, made 10 of 10 free throws in the final four minutes.
“St. Bonaventure’s a really good team,” Grant said. “They’re really well coached and talented. They were going to make a run, and we knew that. But our guys were able to sustain it. We made runs of our own.”