NCAAB Game Recap - North Texas at Dayton
Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:00 PM EST

SEMO
48
OhSt
80
F
N TX
58
Dayt
71
F
NFla
81
FlaSt
98
F
Seatt
59
Wash
81
F
SIU-E
73
Winth
93
F
Iona
86
Princ
90
F(OT)
Stetsn
76
UNCA
78
F
UMBC
55
GTown
81
F
MD-ES
57
ECU
71
F
Kent
85
NCAT
71
F(OT)
(N/A)
66
StFPA
115
F
Amer
82
MtStM
76
F
Elon
46
Campbl
60
F
MsVl
50
WriSt
92
F
CenMI
79
RobM
83
F
NE
55
E MI
60
F
Prov
51
Fla
83
F
NCC
60
LaTec
69
F
TNTec
60
Lipsco
78
F
(N/A)
50
N DA
109
F
Gram
72
Marq
93
F
MryMO
69
StLou
82
F
Toled
57
UMKC
72
F
(N/A)
74
Drake
92
F
Oral
97
ChiSt
59
F
N AL
56
UAB
63
F
(N/A)
61
APSU
80
F
AlaAM
79
SthAL
89
F
Okla
73
Crei
83
F
Denv
64
N CO
86
F
JWCO
42
AF
99
F
USF
56
Stan
64
F
GrCan
71
NM
91
F
Purd
69
Ohio
51
F
NebOm
56
E WA
97
F
(N/A)
62
Web
109
F
UCIrv
61
UTEP
67
F
Temp
77
Mia-FL
78
F
PorSt
71
Pepp
77
F

Dec 17, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

North Texas (4-7)

19

39

58

(13) Dayton (9-1)

34

37

71

No. 13 Dayton pulls away late for 71-58 win over North Texas
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:39 PM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Jalen Crutcher banged knees with a North Texas player and went down hard in the second half. But just as the Flyers have done all season, he was back in place for the big shot at the end.

Crutcher scored 16 points and hit a comeback-blunting 3-pointer Tuesday night, Ryan Mikesell also had 16 points, and No. 13 Dayton finally shook free at the end for a 71-58 victory over North Texas.

The Flyers (9-1) took the court with their highest ranking since December 1968, when they made it as high as No. 6. A sloppy second half - eight turnovers - kept it close.

"Part of the growth I want to see us make as a team," coach Anthony Grant said. "They turned the pressure up and we made some poor decisions."

North Texas (4-7) cut the lead to nine with six minutes left, but Crutcher hit an unguarded 3-pointer that blunted the comeback as the Mean Green fell short in their bid for a fourth all-time win over a ranked team.

Crutcher bumped his left knee with a North Texas player early in the second half and sat out for several minutes before returning and steadying Dayton down the stretch. The Flyers allowed North Texas to stay in it by turning the ball over and allowing the Mean Green open shots.

"In the second half, they're a team that's desperate and they made some 3s," Crutcher said.

Javion Hamlet had 19 points, and Zachary Simmons added 18 points and a team-high six rebounds for North Texas. After missing all four of its shots from beyond the arc in the first half, North Texas went 9 of 15 in the second half.

The Mean Green tied the school record with 19 3-pointers during their last game, a 23-point win over Little Rock. Dayton extended its defense and made sure there would be no repeat. The Mean Green missed six of their first seven shots - only one from beyond the arc - while Dayton pulled ahead 14-2.

The Flyers' surge stalled, and North Texas kept it within single digits most of the half. Obi Toppin and Mikesell hit 3s during a late first-half run that built the lead to 16 points.

The Mean Green made four 3s in a row - each by a different player - to open the second half and eventually cut it to 57-48 on Umoja Gibson's 3-pointer. Crutcher's open 3 from the corner blunted the comeback. North Texas turned it over twice in the final minute to help Dayton put it away.

The game took on an edge during an inbounds play in the second half, with players jawing at each other. The referees separated the teams and gave technical fouls to North Texas' James Reese and Dayton's Trey Landers.

BIG PICTURE

North Texas: The Mean Green also played their first two games against ranked teams close, losing by three points to VCU and by nine against Utah State. North Texas' last win over a ranked team came on Feb. 27, 1971, a 79-73 victory at Louisville.

Dayton: The Flyers came in with the best field goal percentage in Division I (54%) and the most assists (20.1) per game. Against North Texas, they shot 50% from the field and had 20 assists on 24 baskets.

KEEPING FOCUSED

The Flyers' last three home games have been against Houston Baptist, Drake and North Texas. Grant has been on the Flyers in practice to stay focused even though they're facing a team they're expected to beat.

"Everybody's happy we're ranked No. 13," Crutcher said. "We've just got to keep it going. We can't let it get to our heads."

MISSING FLYER

Dayton reserve forward Chase Johnson missed a second straight game because of illness.

FAMILIAR FACES

North Texas has started the same five players in each of its 11 games - Hamlet, Simmons, Gibson, James Reese and Deng Geu.

CONTAINED

Gibson has been the Mean Green's top player the last six games, averaging 20.2 points per game. Dayton held him to six points on 2-of-9 shooting.

UP NEXT

North Texas hosts UAPB on Saturday.

Dayton plays Colorado on Saturday at the United Center as part of the Chicago Legends event.

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Leaders

North Texas PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Geu 0 0 1 5 0 0
D. Draper 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dayton PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Crutcher 16 0 3 5 0 0
R. Mikesell 16 0 1 4 0 0

Team Comparison

N TX Dayt
Points For 58 71
Field Goals 19/48-40% 24/48-50%
Three Pointers 9/19-47% 8/21-38%
Free Throws 11/12-92% 15/24-62%
Offensive Rebounds 6 5
Defensive Rebounds 24 23
Rebounds 31 29
Blocks 2 0
Steals 4 7
Turnovers 20 12
Personal Fouls 21 15
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Dayt Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Dec 17 N TX 58 @ Dayt 71 R. Smart 2 D. Cohill 2

Game Information

Stadium: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
Attendance: 13,129
Game Time: