Dayton Edges SLU for 63-62 OT Win at A-10s

UD's Charles Little shoots over SLU's Danny Brown

Dayton held off Saint Louis, which had fought back from a 9-point halftime deficit to force the game into overtime, for a 63-62 win in an Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Basketball Championship first round game at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Wednesday afternoon.

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Dayton's Marcus Johnson scored all of the Flyers' overtime points (8) to lead UD to their fourth straight win and a 21-9 record.

Saint Louis's (16-15) comeback was helped by the Flyers' less accurate shooting after the break. UD shot just 33.3 percent from the foul line (3/9), dropped over 12 percentage points from their first half shooting average (48.3/36.0) and missed all six of their attempts from 3-point range in the second period. After committing just two turnovers in the first half, Dayton had 11 miscues in the second.

Johnson's three-pointer broke a 7-7 tie to put Dayton up with 15:35 left in the first half, a lead the Ohio team would not surrender through regulation. The nine-point halftime edge was also the Flyers' largest of the half.

Dayton was ahead by as many as 11 points, 49-38, before the Billikens charge with 6:31 to play in the game. Tommie Liddell III's trey with 1:16 left got SLU within three, 55-52, and Danny Brown's 3 tied the score, 55-55, with 0:52 left. The teams exchanged turnovers that allowed Dayton to haul a couple shots before the final buzzer.

Liddell's 3-pointer gave the Billikens their first lead of the day, 58-57, at 3:49 of the extra period. Johnson answered with a 3 of his own 20 seconds later to put UD back on top, 60-58. Brown's traditional three-point play got Saint Louis ahead again, 62-61, with less than a minute to play.

Johnson's jumper 17 seconds later gave UD the 63-62 edge. Brown's jump shot with time expiring was off the mark.

Johnson led Dayton with 16 points, Mickey Perry had 11 and Andres Sandoval added 10 points and five assists. Charles Little and Brian Roberts each had six rebounds.

Saint Louis was led by Brown's game-high 24 points. Liddell had 21 points, five rebounds and three assists. Kevin Lisch scored 11 and Luke Meyer also had five boards.

Saint Louis which came into the game with a league-lowest 12.2 turnovers per game, committed 18 today, and has averaged 17.5 in their last two games.

Dayton, which was ranked in the nation's top 25 earlier this season and seemed like a lock for an NCAA at-large bid, takes on #10/12 Xavier (26-5) for the third time this season Thursday, March 13, 2008, in an A-10 quarterfinal at noon. XU won the previous contests, 69-43 at Cintas and 67-51 in Dayton.

Dayton won the first three games in 2008, but had been on a 3-8 slide until the current winning streak.

The Flyers have been playing without Chris Wright for most of the calendar year. Wright's first missed game was UD's 88-55 win over then no. 6 Pittsburgh just before the new year. On January 10th, the A-10 All-Rookie team member was diagnosed with a fractured bone in his right ankle and operated on shortly thereafter.

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