Dayton Pulls Away Late in Wildcats’ A-10 Home Opener
DAVIDSON — Dayton’s late second-half surge proved to be the difference Saturday in a 69-55 Atlantic 10 win over Davidson in Belk Arena.
With the loss, Davidson dropped to 8-6 overall and 1-1 in league play, while the Flyers (10-5) improved to 2-0 in the A-10.
Daron Holmes II scored a career-best 32 points and had 10 boards to lead the Flyers, who led throughout, with the exception of one tie.
Davidson used a 14-3 run early in the second half to erase a 44-33 halftime deficit and pulled even at 47-all on a Desmond Watson layup with 11:09 to play. During that stretch, the Wildcats crept closer as the Flyers missed their first 12 second-half shots.
But from there, Dayton scored the game’s next six points, including its first field goal of the half, and responded with a 14-3 run of its own to regain control. Meanwhile, Davidson went more than nine minutes between field goals, aside from a goaltending call on the Flyers.
Along with Holmes, Toumani Camara added 10 points and eight boards for the Flyers, and Mustapha Anzil had seven points and 10 rebounds.
The Wildcats will welcome league newcomer Loyola Chicago to Belk Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.