DAYTON (UD Athletics) – The University of Dayton men's basketball team fell in a close one to No. 25 Mississippi State at home.
Dayton led 51-44 with 6:19 to play, but Mississippi State ended the game with a 21-7 run to win by seven. Mississippi State hit three 3-pointers in the final four minutes to put the game away.
Ryan Mikesell led Dayton with 15 points, while Jalen Crutcher had 11 points, 7 assists and 3 steals. Quinndary Weatherspoon led all scorers with 21 points.
1st Half: Dayton 29, Mississippi State 26
There was never more than a 4-point lead for either team throughout the first 10 minutes.
Dayton took a 20-11 lead at the 8:14 mark, forcing a Mississippi State timeout.
Dayton's defense held Mississippi State to 11 points and 29% shooting through the first 12 minutes.
Mississippi State ended the half on a 7-0 run to trim the lead to just three points.
Josh Cunningham led the Flyers with nine points in the opening half.
2nd Half: Mississippi State 65, Dayton 58
Jordan Davis opened scoring in the second half with a layup, but Mississippi State went on a 7-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 33-31.
The Flyers answered with their own 7-0 run later in the half to make it 45-40 with 11:40 to play.
Trey Landers turned a Mississippi State turnover into points with a layup with 6:19 left to give UD a 51-44 lead.
Mississippi State hit back three pointers to take a 56-53 lead with 2:17 left
Nick Weatherspoon hit another three with 27.7 left to push Mississippi State's lead to six with just 27.7 seconds left in the game.
Jalen Crutcher made a 3-pointer with 14 seconds to go the next possession for the Flyers, but a wide open fastbreak layup from Quinndary Weatherspoon and a pair of free throws from Weatherspoon in the final 12 seconds iced the game for the Bulldogs.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Mikesell was joined in double figures scoring by Jalen Crutcher and Josh Cunningham, who each scored 11.
Freshman Frankie Policelli made his Flyer debut.
The Flyers had their second-worst shooting night of the young season, connecting on 41% of their shots for the night.
Mississippi State made 80% (8-for-10) of their free throws while Dayton made 37% (3-for-8).
Jalen Crutcher recorded his fourth game with seven assists this season.
Dayton led for 28:28 of game time.
Dayton will face off against Detroit Mercy at UD Arena next Tuesday, Dec. 4 a 7 p.m. (ET).