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Watson scored six points and made 1 of 4 3-pointers. His one made 3 came at a crucial moment. Virginia Tech was showing signs of starting a comeback, cutting the deficit to 64-50 with 7:57 remaining. Watson hit a 3-pointer on Dayton’s next possession, starting a 16-2 run.
“It was a good feeling,” Watson said. “My teammates did a good job of giving me confidence, telling me to shoot. Coach is telling me if I’ve got a look to let it go, and I just trusted in my preparation.”
Highlights: Dayton closes first half with 20-5 run vs. Virginia Tech
That game-clinching run included three straight baskets by Obi Toppin, who led Dayton with 24 points, and then five straight points by Trey Landers, who scored 13.
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“Coach Grant always preaches to us basketball is a game of runs,” Dayton guard Trey Landers said. “Virginia Tech is a really good team so you know they are going to come back with a punch. At the end of the day, we knew that was going to happen. It was all about us weathering the storm. We've had adversity before, and it was just about us facing that and us staying together. We did that as a team, and we went on a run again. And after that our defensive intensity just went through the roof, and I think that's what won us the game.”