DAYTON – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team defeated Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday afternoon, by a score of 80-74.
Dayton was led in scoring by its captain, Toumani Camara, with 20 points and nine rebounds. All five Flyer starters were able to eclipse double digits in points on a very impressive shooting day. DaRon Holmes II led the way on the glass as he pulled in 12 rebounds while adding 19 points. Freshman Mike Sharavjamts added 14 points and dished out eight assists. Mustapha Amzil added 16 points and R.J. Blakney had 11.
1st Half: Southeastern Louisiana 38, Dayton 37
- On the opening possession of the game, freshman Mike Sharavjamts was able to get to the rim and finish the bucket to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead.
- Dayton’s defense continued to impress through the first four minutes of the game. They were able to hold Southeastern Louisiana to two points on 25% shooting.
- Southeastern came back minutes later. At the 14:24 mark, the Flyers trailed 7-6 and were unable to get anything going from deep, seeing all six of their points coming in the paint.
- Mustapha Amzil buried a corner three and was able to regain the Flyers a lead (10-9) with 12:41 remaining.
- The following possession, DaRon Holmes II extended the lead to three. He was able to convert both of his chances from the foul line.
- Sharavjamts continued to be aggressive towards the hoop and converted a tough finish at the rim to give the Flyers a two-point lead (14-12) at the 10:30 mark.
- In his 100th career collegiate game, Toumani Camara went on a 4-0 run of his own as he hit a mid-range jumper followed by a two-handed slam, giving the Flyers a five-point lead (25-20) with 6:24 to play.
- After converting on three straight field goal attempts Dayton was up 31-29 at the 3:58 mark igniting the Flyer Faithful.
- In the back and forth first half, R.J. Blakney buried a corner three to regain the Flyer lead 34-32.
- After the Lions hit back-to-back threes, Camara answered with a three of his own to bring them within one at halftime.
2nd Half: Dayton 80, Southeastern Louisiana 74
- The Lions picked up right where they left off hitting a triple, but Mustapha Amzil was able to answer with a pair of free throws and keep the Flyers within two points.
- Holmes was able to finish a nice up and under bucket on a pass from Amzil to tie the game at 41-41 at the 18:26 mark.
- With 16:02 remaining in the half, Blakney was able to bury his second three of the game giving the Flyers a one-point lead and Blakney eight points to that point in the game.
- Camara continued his success as he walked into a pull-up three for his 14th point of the game and extended the Flyer lead to four at the 14:44 mark.
- Holmes made his presence felt the majority of the game as he was able to score a bucket and follow it up with a strong block on the defensive end as the Flyers held on to a four-point lead at the 11:52 mark.
- After a pair of free throws and a field goal, the Lions were able to tie the game at 51 with 11:56 to play.
- The Flyers took the lead for good with a 12-0 run as Camara, Amzil, and Sharavjamts contributed four, three, and five points respectively as Dayton led 63-51 with 6:55 to go in the half.
- At the 4:42 mark, the Flyers were able to grow the lead to 12 as they led 68-56 as four of the five starters were able to reach double-digit points.
- Holmes was able to hit one of two free throw attempts which grew the lead to ten (74-64). The Flyers had 26 FT attempts up until the 1:49 mark and were able to hit on 19 of those tries.
- With less than a minute to play Holmes found Amzil cutting through the lane for an easy two. This gave Amzil 14 points on the day and all five starters eclipsed the double-digit mark.
- Southeastern’s Christian Agnew scored 18 points in the first half, making five-of-seven three pointers. With Blakney shadowing him for most of the second half, he was held to just two free throws after intermission
- With a strong second half, the Flyers were able to outscore the Lions 43-36 allowing for them to come from behind and win 80-74.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- With the Dayton win, Coach Anthony Grant achieved his 300th career win with the Flyers.
- This marked Camara’s 100th collegiate game (57 at Georgia, 43 at Dayton). He also now has 999 career points.
- The Flyers shot 58% on 25-43 shooting compared to the Lions 47%.
- The Flyers went to the line for 34 attempts and were able to convert on 68% (23-34) which proved to be crucial in the six-point victory.
- All five Dayton starters scored in double digits for the first time since February 23, 2022 (UMass) while Camara led the way in scoring with 20 points.
- Holmes dominated the glass pulling in 12 boards as the Flyers were able to out-rebound the Lions 33-24.
- It was Holmes’ second double-double in as many games.
- It was a back-and-forth battle for the majority of the game as the lead changed hands seven different times, and was tied another six. UD led for the final 10:45 of the contest.
- On 25 made shots, the Flyers assisted on 16 of them with Sharavjamts leading the way with 8 assists. The Flyers assisted on nine of 12 buckets in the second half.
- Dayton shot a season-best .581 (25-43) from the floor and .438 (7-16) from beyond the arc. The previous season highs were .491 and .350 respectively.
- The Flyers will head to Blacksburg Va. in a showdown with Virginia Tech on Wednesday, December 7th with tip-off set for 8:00 p.m. ET.
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