Dayton, Ohio (AP) — Jalen Crutcher scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half and Dayton defeated a Southeastern Conference team for the second-straight Saturday, edging Mississippi 65-62.
The Flyers, who topped Mississippi State in double overtime a week earlier, rallied from seven down at halftime and then survived several mistakes and misses down the stretch. The win was secured when Devontae Shuler’s contested 3-pointer went off the front rim in the closing seconds.
Rodney Chatman scored 11 of his 21 points in the second half when Dayton (4-1) shot 61% and made 4 of 7 3-pointers. Ibi Watson added 11 points.
Shuler and KJ Buffen had 12 points apiece for Ole Miss (4-1), which shot 43% in the second half, going 2 of 10 from distance. Jarkel Joiner added 10 points.
After Dayton scored the opening basket of the game, the Rebels scored the next 12. It was 31-24 at the half.
Chatman scored the first five points of a 9-0 run that put Dayton on top 44-41 with 10:56 to play. Cruther’s two free throws gave Dayton a 63-58 lead at the 37-second mark but it was a one-point game 10 seconds later after a foul and a turnover by the Flyers.
Crutcher made 1 of 2 foul shots after Ole Miss cut it to one and added another at seven seconds following a Rebels miss.
Datyon, which is 5-0 all-time against Ole Miss, is the first team to hit 60 points against the Rebels this year. The Flyers finished 8 of 15 from 3-point range and shot 51%.