Lipscomb shot 59.2 percent (29 of 49) from the field, while Dayton shot 38.5 percent (20 of 52).
Lipscomb’s big man, 6-foot-9, 275-pound center, Ahsan Asadullah, scored 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Tommy Murr scored 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting and made all five of his 3-point attempts.
Toumani Camara, Elijah Weaver and Malachi Smith all scored 11 points for Dayton. Camara missed his first five 3-point attempts but made one in the final minute.
Dayton trailed Illinois-Chicago 32-25 in its season opener on Nov. 9 and won 64-54. It trailed UMass Lowell 28-21 at halftime Saturday and lost 59-58. It trailed Lipscomb 38-28.
Dayton did not lead in the first half and trailed by as many as 12 points with 7:43 to play. It trimmed Lipscomb’s lead to 31-28 with 3:07 to play and then had an airball on a 3 (Elijah Weaver), a turnover (Kobe Elvis), a rushed shot at the shot clock buzzer (Amzil) and a turnover (Elvis) in the last three minutes.
Asadullah dominated in the first half, scoring 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Murr added 10 points off the bench.
Elvis led Dayton with nine points. Smith scored seven points and made his first career 3-pointer.
Dayton shot 38.5 percent from the field (10 of 26), while Lipscomb shot 65.2 percent (15 of 23).