Crutcher takes over game late; finishes with career-high 26 points in Dayton’s 74-65 win over George Mason in Saturday action

Jalen Crutcher

Short-Handed Flyers Shot 54% From the Floor & 48% From Three In The Win

DAYTON – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team (5-2, 1-1 A-10) came from behind to earn its first Atlantic 10 Conference victory with a 74-65 win over George Mason (5-3, 1-1 A-10) Saturday evening at UD Arena.

Senior Jalen Crutcher scored a game- and career-high 26 points and added a game-high seven assists. Redshirt senior Ibi Watson added 16 points and five rebounds. Freshman Mustapha Amzil contributed 15 points, a team-high six rebounds, and four assists. Redshirt freshman Zimi Nwokeji registered his first points and rebounds as a Flyer, notching seven points to go along with a team-high six rebounds.

The Flyers led at the half but George Mason snuck back and took the lead at the 12:39 mark of the second half. In a game that saw six ties and eight lead changes, UD finally took over the lead for good at the 2:16 mark on a Watson layup on the assist from Crutcher that put the Flyers up 65-63.

Dayton had just seven scholarship players available due to injuries to R.J. BlakneyRodney Chatman and Elijah Weaver.  UD played three seniors and four freshmen in the game.  

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