Dayton Flyers News: Men’s Basketball Advances To A-10 Championship Game With 78-68 Win Over Fordham; Team has survived injuries and revolving lineups to win 22 games

The Captain, Toumani Camara willed UD to the victory

Toumani Camara Sets A-10 Tournament Single-Game FG% Record With 12-Of-13 Makes

BROOKLYN – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team pulled away late to earn an intense 78-68 win over Fordham Saturday in the semifinals of the  Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship.  Dayton wand VCU will meet for the championship on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

UD captain Toumani Camara led all scorers with 28 points, making 12 of 13 field goal attempts (and four of five free throws). Camara’s 92.3 FG% set the A-10 tournament single-game record.

Dayton improves to 22-11 on the season, while Fordham is 25-8 and awaits its first post-season invitational call in 32 years.

First Half – Dayton 36, Fordham 33
•    Dayton scored first, when Toumani Camara powered up, missed a point-blank shot,  layup, got his own rebound and laid it back in.
•    He would go on to make his next 11 shots in the game.
•    Fordham battled back to take a 15-14 lead with 12:32 to go in the half, but UD scored the next seven points to take a lead the Flyers would keep the rest of the half.
•    Dayton’s largest lead of the half was eight (28-20) after an R.J. Blakney three-points at the 5:45 mark, but Fordham was able to get back to a one-possession game in the final two minutes before halftime.
Second Half – Dayton 78, Fordham 68
•    The Rams scored first to cut the lead to one, the flyers scored back-to-back buckets to make it a five-point game, and then the Rams scored nine in a row to take a 44-41 lead with 16:30 left in the game.
•    The margin was no more than two points in the next five minutes.
•    Dayton was able to get to a four-point lead three times between the 11:17 mark and the 6:37 mark, but Fordham had an answer every time.
•    With UD ahead 59-58 with 6:13 left in regulation, the Flyers went on a 9-0 spurt to make the score 68-58 with 3:38 left.  DaRon Holmes II made the first six points in that run, and then Mustapha Amzil’s three-pointer was a dagger.
•    From that point on the Flyers did not allow the Rams to score on successive possessions for the rest of the game, and kept the margin no closer than seven.

•    Toumani Camara (28 points), DaRon Holmes II (20) and Malachi Smith (11) all scored double figures for Dayton.
•    It was the first time since the St. Bonaventure game last season that two UD players scored 20 points in the same game.
•    Camara’s A-10 record-setting performance tied the fifth-best mark in UD history, with a minimum of 10 makes).  The previous top five were Mike Sylvester and Obi Toppin (both 11-for-11), Mike Kanieski (10-for-10), Dave Colbert (13-for-14) and Sean Finn (also 12-for-13).
•    Dayton was 23-for-28 in two-point FGA (.821).
•    UD shot .604 (29-48) from the floor in the game, and .700 (14-20) in the second half.
•    The Flyers were six of 20 from beyond the arc, with Mustapha Amzil make three of four.
•    Amzil led all players with eight rebounds.  He was also a game-best +12.
•    Malachi Smith was the game leader in assists with seven.
•    Mike Sharavjamts returned to action and he had three assists in 10 first-half minutes.
•    Smith and Holmes had team honors with two steals each, and Holmes also blocked three shots.

•    Dayton and VCU will meet for the third time this season in Sunday’s championship game.  Each team won on the other’s home court this season.
•    Game time is 1 p.m. ET.