The Basketball Tournament: Red Scare finishes strong to advance to quarterfinals

Dayton alums will play in quarterfinals Friday

Darrell Davis made two 3-pointers with the Elam Ending in effect, and Ryan Mikesell hit a game-ending 3-pointer to give the Red Scare a 77-68 victory against Big X in the round of 16 of The Basketball Tournament on Wednesday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

The Red Scare, with six Dayton Flyers alums on the eight-man roster, moved ahead midway through the fourth quarter. Davis hit two free throws to give the Red Scare a 64-62 lead. Then a layup by Kyle Davis and a free throw by Davis pushed the lead to 67-62.

The Red Score led 67-62 at the first ball stoppage with under four minutes to play, and at that point, the Elam Ending went into effect. The first team to reach 75 would win the game.

Davis led the Red Scare with 15 points. Mikesell scored 14. Former Ohio State center Trevor Thompson and former Louisville guard Ryan McMahon each scored 12.

The Red Scare made 14 of 34 3-pointers (41 percent), while Big X made 11 of 26 (42 percent).

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The Red Scare led 15-12 after the first quarter but gave up a 7-0 run to end the first half and trailed 38-33 at halftime. The game went back-and-forth throughout the second half.

The Red Scare advanced to play Carmen’s Crew or House of ‘Paign in the quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Friday.

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