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This is the second game in a two-game series between Dayton and SMU. A year ago, the Mustangs ended Dayton’s 21-game winning streak, which started with 20 victories in the 2019-20 season, with a 66-64 victory at UD Arena.
SMU won the game when Emmanuel Bandoumel dribbled the length of the court and got a friendly bounce on a jump shot over Dayton’s Jordy Tshimanga and Ibi Watson. The officials put 0.2 seconds left on the clock. Jalen Crutcher missed a desperation shot at the end, though it came after the buzzer.
That SMU team finished 11-6 and, like Dayton, lost in the first round of the NIT. Bandoumel, Kendric Davis and Isiah Jasey, who started against Dayton last season, remain starters this season. No one who started that game for Dayton remains in the program.
Davis scored 21 points against Dayton last season. Bandoumel had 19. They are the team’s leading scorers this season, averaging 20.3 and 11.2 points per game respectively. They both hit on their averages Saturday in an 84-72 victory against Vanderbilt. That was the best victory this season for SMU, which has won four games in a row since starting 3-3 with losses to Oregon, Missouri and Loyola Marymount.
SMU is 7-0 at home this season and has won 28 of its last 32 games at Moody Coliseum.
This will be Dayton’s first true non-conference road game since Dec. 8, 2019, when it lost 82-72 at Auburn. It played five neutral-court road games in the 2019-20 season, one game on a neutral court last season and three so far this season.
“We’ve just got to continue doing what we’ve been doing,” Dayton guard Elijah Weaver said Saturday after a 79-41 victory against Northern Illinois. “Go back to practice. Go back to the drawing board. Going on the road trip, this is going to be an important game for us. We’ve just got to lock in and get a W.”
Dayton at SMU, 8 p.m., ESPN+, 1290, 95.7