No. 24 Dayton pulls away late, beats SMU 74-62

No. 24 Dayton pulls away late, beats SMU 74-62

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Mustapha Amzil and DaRon Holmes II each scored 20 points, and No. 24 Dayton pulled away late for a 74-62 win over SMU on Friday night.

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Kobe Elvis and Mike Sharavjamts each scored 10 points, and Toumani Camara had 18 rebounds as Dayton (2-0) took down the Mustangs for the first time in three seasons.

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Zach Nutall had 20 points and Samuell Williamson added 14 for SMU (1-1), which shot 34% after hitting 50% of its shots in a win over Texas A&M-Commerce on Monday night.

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The Mustangs scrapped with the Flyers until the last few minutes.

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SMU tied the game with 5:05 left when Williamson hit a pair of free throws. The Mustangs got within one on Nutall's jumper with 2:36 left but couldn't get closer.

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Amzil hit a 3-pointer with 2:12 left and the Flyers controlled the game from there.

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Amzil sealed it when he was fouled on a long-range shot and sank all three free throws to give the Flyers a 71-62 lead with 48 seconds left.

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Dayton went 2 for 14 from 3-point range in the first half and finished 8 of 26 on 3s. The Flyers shot 41% from the floor.

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After an 18-3 run in the middle of the first half, it looked as if Dayton might start to run away with it.

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But SMU scored the next seven, including a 3-pointer by Nutall, while Dayton missed 10 straight shots, half of them 3-point attempts.

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Holmes finally broke a 6 1/2-minute scoring drought for the Flyers. A layup by Nutall and a 3-pointer by Phelps cut the Dayton lead to 29-24 at the half.

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