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Second-Half Run Leads Dayton Past Men’s Basketball, 68-61

by | Jan 17, 2023

Just weeks after the game in Belk Arena, the ‘Cats traveled to Dayton to take on the Flyers.


DAYTON, Ohio – Meeting for the second time in 18 days, Dayton shot 63.6 percent in the second half to get by Davidson, 68-61, in Atlantic 10 men’s basketball action Tuesday evening inside UD Arena.

Desmond Watson matched his career-high, scoring 19 points for the Wildcats, while Sam Mennenga contributed his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Despite the setback, Davidson (9-10, 2-5 A-10) controlled the glass 34-29, which led to 23 second-chance points, after being out-rebounded 43-24 in the previous meeting.

Dayton (13-6, 5-1 A-10) opened the second half on a 15-2 run capped by seven straight field goals to go in front for good.

Facing its largest deficit of night at 50-38, Davidson used a 14-6 run to make it 56-52 with 4:51 to play. But the Flyers responded with five answered to push the margin back to nine and all but put the game out of reach.

Mustapha Amzil finished with 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting and a 7-of-8 effort from the line for Dayton, which shot 54.3 percent for the game and had 10 blocks.

Watson led all scorers in the first 20 minutes with 13 points, highlighted by a 3-pointer on the Wildcats’ last possession of the period to give them a 32-29 lead at intermission.

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Davidson will conclude its three-game conference road swing Tuesday, Jan. 24 with a 7 p.m. tip at La Salle.

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