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Dayton 78, Saint Mary's 68

PHOENIX - Jalen Crutcher had a season-high 21 points and tied a career high with five 3-pointers in No. 19 Dayton's 78-68 victory over Saint Mary’s in the Jerry Colangelo Classic at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Obi Toppin had 16 points and Trey Landers had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Flyers (7-1). They built 24-point leads in each half before the Gaels (9-2) briefly closed.

Dayton’s only loss is to No. 2 Kansas, 90-84 in overtime, in the final of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Nov. 27.

The Flyers shot 53.8% from the field and made 13 of 24 3-point attempts. They led NCAA Division I at 54.7% entering the game.

Malik Fitts tied a season high with 21 points and Kristsers Zoriks had a season-high 14 for Saint Mary’s, scoring 10 points during a 16-2 run early in the second half when the Gaels cut a 24-point lead to 10 at 58-48 with 11:18 remaining. Saint Mary's had won eight in a row.

St. Mary’s closed to 76-68 on Zoriks’ layup with 50.3 seconds remaining but was never closer.

Crutcher, the tournament MVP, made his first six shots - five of them 3-pointers. His last 3 from about 28-30 feet gave the Flyers a 40-18 lead with 3:19 remaining in the first half. They made 16 of 23 field goals and 10 of 15 3s in the half.

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Associated Press


December 8, 2019

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