Defensive game between Dayton and George Mason goes to Patriots, 50-49


Two Teams Combine To Shoot 33% From The Field

FAIRFAX, Va. – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team saw its four-game win streak snapped Saturday night, dropping a 50-49 decision at George Mason.

Three Flyers scored in double figures on the night – Malachi Smith scored 12, Kobe Elvis scored 11 and Koby Brea also scored 11.

Dayton is now 12-7 on the season, and 4-2 in the Atlantic 10.  George Mason improves to 8-7 and 1-1.

1st Half

  • George Mason led at the first media, 5-3 with 15:24 left in the first half.
  • The two teams were tied 12-12 at the next break at the 10:12 mark.
  • Dayton led 16-16 with 7:33 left.
  • Mason led 22-21 with 2:47 to go, and then Malachi Smith scored on an “and-one” to give the Flyers a 24-22 lead.
  • D’shawn Schwartz drained a three-pointer with 55 seconds left to give the Patriots a 25-24 halftime lead.
  • Dayton made just one of its last seven shots to shoot .345 (10-29) from the field.  George Mason shot .409 (10-29), but committed eight of its 12 turnovers.

2nd Half

  • Mason led 30-28 at the first media time out at 15:23 and 41-37 at the 10:42 mark.  
  • UD took its only second half lead on a Malachi Smith layup (42-41 with 9:11 left to go), and increased it to three 30 seconds later on a pair of Koby Brea free throws.
  • But George Mason outscored Dayton 7-0 over the next 7:17 to lead 48-44 inside two minutes left.
  • Kobe Elvis layup cut it to two, and after a pair of GMU free throws, Brea trey made it 50-49 with 10 seconds to go.
  • Dayton fouled Xavier Johnson with six seconds left.  Johnson missed the front end of the one-and-one.  Mustapha Amzil pulled down the rebound, was hounded as he brought it across mid-court and his long three at the buzzer could only draw iron.


  • Three Flyers scored in double digits – Malachi Smith (12), Kobe Elvis (11) and Koby Brea (11).
  • The game featured 12 lead changes, eight ties and neither team held lead larger than four points in the contest.
  • DaRon Holmes II led UD with seven rebounds.
  • The Flyers only had seven assists on their 18 field goals, but Smith led the way with three.
  • Smith also had five steals.
  • Mustapha Amzil and Elijah Weaver led the Flyers in plus/minus ratings at +4.
  • Both teams scored their season low in in the game.


  • UD returns home next week for a pair of games at UD Arena — Tuesday, Jan. 25 with Fordham and Friday, Jan 28 against Rhode Island.  
  • Both games start at 7 p.m. ET.  


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