Dayton's Anthony Grant, bottom left, tries to get his players off the court at the end of the half on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at the Reilly Center in Olean, N.Y.
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Flyers survive to win in double overtime at St. Bonaventure

Jordan Davis hits two big shots late as Dayton improves to 12-6

Davis, who played point guard throughout the second overtime after Jalen Crutcher fouled out of the game, made a layup with 1:05 to play to give the Flyers an 84-81 lead and then made a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left to give the Flyers an 87-83 lead.

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LaDarien Griffin cut Dayton's lead to 87-76 with 5 seconds left, and after two free throws by Ryan Mikesell, Griffin missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer as Dayton won for the ninth time in its last 10 chances at the Reilly Center.

Dayton (12-6, 4-1) bounced back from a 75-71 loss at Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday. The Flyers rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final 4:31 to force overtime.

St. Bonaventure lost its first A-10 home game since February 2017. It had won 14 straight at the Reilly Center in conference play.

Mikesell led the Flyers with 21 points. Crutcher scored 15. Josh Cunningham and Trey Landers each had 14.

Courtney Stockard scored 36 points for the Bonnies (6-12, 2-3), who were playing without two key players, Jalen Poyser and Nelson Kaputo, who average more than 20 points between them.

Dayton returns to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday against George Mason at UD Arena.

Dayton coach speaks after 89-86 win on Jan. 19, 2019, in Olean, N.Y.
Video: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

HALFTIME RECAP

St. Bonaventure outscored Dayton Flyers 14-3 in the last four minutes of the first half to take a 34-31 halftime lead.

Dayton led by as many as nine points and had a 28-20 advantage after a 3-point play by Mikesell with 4:42 to play. The Bonnies tied the game on a 3-pointer by Kyle Lofton with 2:02 to play and then ended the half on a 6-0 run.

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Cunningham led Dayton with 11 points. Mikesell added nine. Stockard scored 13 for St. Bonaventure.

Dayton shot 42.9 percent from the field. St. Bonaventure shot 44.8.

There were some tense moments at the end of the half as both teams converged on the court with both coaches trying to separate players.

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