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DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) — Scoochie Smith, without a field goal in regulation, made three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in overtime and Dayton defeated Davidson 89-82 on Friday night, with its eighth straight victory giving it a half-game lead in the Atlantic 10.
Smith gave Dayton the lead for good with his first 3-pointer, then added two more 3-pointers and a layup off an assist from Charles Cooke for an 85-78 lead.
Davidson had a chance to win in regulation, working the clock down before Jack Gibbs missed a 3-pointer with five seconds left, leaving the teams tied at 74. The Flyers ended the final 7:42 outscoring the Wildcats 17-5.
Kendall Pollard scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, and Smith, Cooke, and Xeyrius Williams added 17 points each.
Gibbs and Peyton Aldridge scored 27 points apiece for Davidson (14-13, 7-9).
Dayton (23-5, 14-2), now off to its best Atlantic 10 start, moved ahead of VCU (13-2), which plays at Rhode Island today. The Flyers are hosts to VCU on Wednesday before ending the regular season at George Washington.
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