DAYTON — Playing shorthanded, the Dayton Flyers outscored the George Mason Patriots, 13-4, over the final four minutes to get their first Atlantic 10 victory of the season, 74-65, Saturday at the UD Arena. UD played without Rodney Chatman, Elijah Weaver and R.J. Blakney due to injuries. The Flyers improved to 5-2 overall, 1-1 in Atlantic 10 play.
Jalen Crutcher and Ibi Watson combined to score 11 of Dayton’s final 13 points. Crutcher led all scorers with a career-high 26 points while Ibi Watson added 16 and Mustaphar Amzil scored 15 points. Zimi Nwokeji came off the bench and added seven points.
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Dayton led by as much as 18 points in the first half, 32-14, but George Mason cut the lead in half, 38-29, at halftime. The Patriots started the second half on a 15-3 run to take a 44-41 lead.
The Patriots led 58-53 with over seven minutes to play but UD got three pointers by Zimi Nwokeji and Mustapha Amzil to go ahead, 61-59, with 4:23 remaining. The game was tied at 63-63 with over two minutes when Ibi Watson scored to put the Flyers up for good, 65-63. Watson’s dunk with 39 seconds left helped end any hopes of a George Mason comeback.
Dayton’s next game will be Tuesday night at Fordham at Rose Hill Gymnasium in the Bronx, NY. Tip-off is at 6 pm, pre-game coverage begins at 5:30 pm on the home of the Flyers, 1290 and 95-7, WHIO. You can also listen to the game here at WHIO.com.