DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ Tamar Slay scored 19 points and Marshall held off a late-game surge by No. 24 Dayton to edge the Flyers 67-65 on Saturday.
Dayton’s Yuanta Holland hit a jumper with about 5 seconds left to bring Dayton to within two, but Marshall was able to run out the clock to win.
Marshall took control of the game with about 11 minutes left by penetrating Dayton’s defense and pounding the ball inside. J.R. VanHoose had 15, and Latece Williams added 11 for the Thundering Herd (3-1).
Holland had 20 points for Dayton (2-3), but the Flyers shot only 38 percent from the floor in the second half. Tony Stanley, who had been averaging 19.3 points for Dayton, was held to seven points and was 0-for-7 in the first half.
The Flyers committed 16 turnovers and were only 3-for-16 from the 3-point line in the second half.
Slay, Marshall’s 6-foot-9 guard, was held below his 23.7-points-a-game average. But he was effective, scoring both from the perimeter and inside.
Marshall went into a full-court press at the game’s start, hoping for a repeat of Dayton’s turnover-plagued 82-75 loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday. The teams exchanged leads nine times in the first half, with Dayton on top at halftime 33-32.
But Marshall came out strong in the second half and built a nine-point lead with 3:50 remaining.
Down by 63-56 with 2:53 left, Nate Green hit two free throws to draw Dayton to within five. Marshall missed a 3-point attempt, Dayton rebounded, and Ramod Marshall scored on a drive to the hoop to cut the Marshall lead to three with 1:19 left.
But the Flyers couldn’t overcome Marshall, losing their second straight.