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Dayton led throughout the second half but had to hold on in the final minutes as Belmont trimmed a nine-point Dayton lead to one point with an 8-0 run.
A 3-point play by Toumani Camara with 4:08 to play pushed Dayton’s lead to 57-53. Camara then made a layup on the next possession to give Dayton a six-point cushion.
In the final minutes, Holmes II scored on a putback with 32 seconds left, and Smith made 2 of 2 free throws with 16 seconds left to help seal the victory.
Dayton (4-3) beat Miami, Kansas and Belmont in four days after entering the tournament with three losses in a row to UMass Lowell, Lipscomb and Austin Peay.
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Elvis, who did not play Friday against Kansas, led the Dayton Flyers with 10 points in the first half.
Elvis made all four of his field-goal attempts, including two 3-pointers, as Dayton took a 31-27 halftime lead.
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Dayton shot 54.2 percent from the field and made 5 of 10 3-pointers, while Belmont shot 37.9 percent and made 3 of 12 3-pointers.
The Flyers committed seven turnovers, four by Elijah Weaver. The Bruins had four turnovers.
Koby Brea scored six points for Dayton, making 2 of 2 3-pointers. Toumani Camara, DaRon Holmes II and Malachi Smith each scored four.