DAYTON — The Dayton Flyers survived an upset bid from the last place Loyola Chicago Ramblers Tuesday night as they won, 85-81 in overtime, Tuesday night at the UD Arena.
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Toumani Camara scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Malachi Smith also scored a career-high 21 points and dished out eight assists. Kobe Elvis had 13 while Mustapha Amzil scored 11 points. DaRon Holmes II was held to four points.
UD made 48% of their shots, going 26 of 54 from the field. They made 10 three-pointers and went 23-31 from the foul line. They outrebounded the Ramblers, 31-30.
The Flyers improved to 15-8 overall, 7-3 in the Atlantic 10.
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Philip Alston scored 22 points for the Ramblers, making four three-pointers. Bryce Golden added 15 and Braden Norris scored 14 points. Loyola Chicago made 13 of 25 three-pointers.
Dayton led, 40-34, at halftime but the Ramblers came out hot to start the second half on a 14-3 run to go up, 48-43, with 16:24 remaining. Loyola Chicago led by as much as eight points, 57-49, with 10:40 to play.
UD trailed, 62-59, with 5:51 left when Holmes was fouled by Tom Welch. He pushed Holmes and got pushed back by Amzil. Officials went to the monitor and issued double technical fouls on Welch and Holmes.
Both teams exchanged free throws and the Flyers trailed, 64-62. Malachi Smith scored five straight points to put Dayton ahead, 67-64, with 4:36 remaining.
UD led 72-66 with 49 seconds left but Norris’ trey cut it to 72-69 with 41 seconds left. Elvis’ layup was blocked by Philip Alston and the Ramblers had a chance to tie.
The Flyers had a foul remaining and Smith used it with nine seconds left. Dayton did not foul leading by three points and played defense. Alston banked in a three with two-tenths of a second left to tie the game at 72-72 and sent the game into overtime.
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Smith’s basket and Holmes’ dunk gave UD a 78-74 advantage with just over two minutes left in overtime.
The Flyers led, 81-76 with 32 seconds left but Bryce Golden’s three-pointer cut it to 81-79 with 19 seconds to play in the extra frame.
Amzil was fouled with 10 seconds to go and made two foul shots but Golden’s layup cut it to 83-81. Elvis got fouled with two seconds remaining and sealed the game with two free throws.
Dayton’s next game will be Saturday night at St. Bonaventure at the Reilly Center in Olean, New York.
Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WHIO Radio. You can also listen to it here on WHIO.com.
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