DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Mustapha Amzil and DaRon Holmes II each scored 20 points, and No. 24 Dayton retired late Friday night for a 74-62 win over SMU.
Kobe Elvis and Mike Sharavjamts each had 10 points, and Toumani Camara had a career-high 18 rebounds as Dayton (2-0) defeated the Mustangs for the first time in three seasons.
Zach Nutall had 20 points and Samuell Williamson added 14 for SMU (1-1), who scored 34% after making 50% of his shots in a win over Texas A&M-Commerce on Monday night.
The Mustangs ranked with the Flyers to the end.
SMU tied the game 5:05 when Williamson hit two free throws. The Mustangs got within 1 left on Nutall’s jumper at 2:36 but couldn’t get any closer.
Amzil hit a 3-pointer with 2:12 left and the Flyers controlled the game from there. Amzil sealed it when he was fouled on a long-range shot and sunk all three free throws to give the Flyers a 71-62 lead with 48 seconds left.
“What impressed me the most was that they stayed in control,” said Dayton coach Anthony Grant. “It was a back and forth, a hard-fought game. I think we had a 13-point lead at one point in the second half that they wiped out.
“I think our boys understood what they had to do. They weren’t upset,” he said.
Dayton went 2 for 14 from 3-point range in the first half and finished 8 of 26 by 3 seconds. The Flyers shot 41% from the ground.
After an 18-3 run midway through the first half, it looked like Dayton was about to take off. But SMU scored the next seven, including a 3-point shot from Nutall, while Dayton missed 10 straight shots, half of them 3-point attempts.
Holmes eventually broke a 6 1/2 minute scoring drought for the Flyers. A layup by Nutall and a 3-pointer by Zhuric Phelps cut the Dayton lead to 29-24 at halftime.
“We scraped a little bit, and we didn’t do a couple of plays and take a couple of shots on the range, but they did a hell of a job,” said SMU freshman coach Rob Lanier.
SMU: With a completely rebuilt roster from last season, the Mustangs are still adjusting to playing together. If they cleaned up some sloppiness, they might have played the Flyers to the buzzer.
Dayton: With most of their starters back, the Flyers see the window open for their first NCAA tournament appearance in six years. Point guard Malachi Smith missed the first two games with an ankle injury and it’s not clear when he will return.
save the drama
Sharavjamts became the first Dayton player to receive a technical foul for a flop. The NCAA last summer authorized officers to call that foul and score a shot. Sharavjamts was untouched by a defender but fell backwards onto the pitch after a missed 3-point attempt. Phelps pocketed the free throw, but Sharavjamts responded with a 3 on Dayton’s next possession.
SMU: hosts New Mexico on Tuesday.
Dayton: The Flyers are touring for the first time this season and playing at UNLV on Tuesday night.
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