Dayton freshman Davis steps up in victory against Ohio

Dayton’s Jordan Davis passes against Ohio on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. David Jablonski/Staff

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Dayton’s Jordan Davis passes against Ohio on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. David Jablonski/Staff

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Trey Landers left the game early in the first half with a sprained ankle. The Dayton Flyers needed someone to step up. The freshman they call the “Silent Assassin” answered the call.

Guard Jordan Davis scored a career-high 10 points in a 79-65 victory against the Ohio Bobcats on Friday at TD Arena, helping Dayton advance to the fifth-place game in the Charleston Classic.

Davis had the best night of his young career with about 15 family members and friends in the stands. He’s from Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, S.C., a 90-minute drive from Charleston.

“It felt really good,” Davis said. “My teammates kept me confident and told me to keep shooting the ball. That’s what I did.”

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Davis saw little action in the first two games. He scored two points in 14 minutes in the opener against Ball State. On Thursday, in a 72-69 loss to Hofstra, he played five minutes and had no points, shots, rebounds or any stats at all.

In his third game, Davis looked like the offensive threat coach Anthony Grant talked about in the preseason. He made 3 of 5 shots from the field, 2 of 4 3-pointers and 2 of 2 free throws. He added two rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes.

Grant said Landers won’t play Sunday. He’ll be reevaluated when the team returns to Dayton, though Landers didn’t think the sprain was that serious.

That means Davis will be counted on to do more of the same when Dayton plays Old Dominion at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in a game that will be televised by ESPN3.

“Jordan’s a really good player,” Grant said. “He’s learning his way through college basketball. He’s navigating through what he needs to do on both sides of the ball. It was great to be able to get him extended minutes today, and I thought he responded really well. Like any freshman, the more comfortable you get with your responsibilities on the floor, the better you play.”

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