Smith also hit one of the biggest shots of the season. His layup with 44 seconds left cut the Kansas lead to 73-72 and set the stage of Amzil’s shot as time expired.
“He’s been really really good,” Grant said. “We ask a lot of him. In a game like that, to go toe to toe with veteran guards and a team like Kansas, it shows a lot of character.”
Highlights: Amzil's shot and Dayton's celebration after victory over Kansas on Nov. 26, 2021
Opposing viewpoint: Agbaji led Kansas with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting. That was his second-lowest total of the season. He came into the game averaging 24.3 points.
“It was a game that was just up and down,” he said. “Really fast paced throughout the whole entire game. They were pressing. We were attacking so it was just up and down a lot. I was worn out, but I was just trying to keep going, keep pushing. But all in all it was just a poor performance by me and a lot of guys on our team, so I know we can all do better.”
Next tournament: Dayton will return to the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas in 2022. Kansas will also be there. It will be the third time in four years the teams have played in the same November tournament.
The field was announced Friday. It also includes Butler, BYU, North Carolina State, Southern California, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Dayton played in the tournament in 2018 and beat Butler in the first round before losing to Virginia and Oklahoma.
Other games: After losing in the first round to Dayton on Thursday, Miami (4-2) rebounded with a 69-63 victory against North Texas (2-3) in the consolation round Friday.
• Iona, coached by Rick Pitino, recorded the biggest upset of the first round Thursday, beating No. 10 Alabama 72-68. It was the first ever victory by a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team against a top-10 team. The MAAC was 0-119 against top-10 teams. Pitino has defeated top-10 teams while coaching four different schools: Providence; Kentucky; Louisville; and Iona.
• Belmont (4-2) beat Drake 74-68 in the final game of the first round Thursday to advance to the semifinals against Iona. Belmont is one of four programs to win 20 or more games in the last 11 seasons. Kansas, Gonzaga and Oregon are the others.
Dayton press conference: Anthony Grant and Mustapha Amzil after beating Kansas, Nov. 26, 2021