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December 22, 2013

Dayton falls at the buzzer in OT

Southern California's Pe'Shon Howard hit a fade-away three-pointer at the buzzer in overtime to hand Dayton a heart-breaking 79-76 defeat on Sunday. It was the first loss at UD Arena for the Dayton Flyers all season.

After Devin Oliver had missed a reverse layup with the score tied at 76, USC (8-4) got the rebound and called timeout with 4.7 seconds left.

"They should've never gotten the ball," Dayton coach Archie Miller said. "Coming out of that timeout, there was a very direct message to our team that we take the last (shot)."

Instead, Southern Cal had almost five seconds to get down the floor to launch a potential game-winner. Howard took the inbounds pass, dribbled up the right side and let his shot fly high over Dayton's Vee Sanford and it swished through to send the visitors into a frenzy.

It was the first non-conference road win for the Trojans in two season.

Dayton (9-3) took the lead twice in overtime on three-pointers by Jordan Sibert. The Trojans responded with two free throws and a 3-pointer by Howard to lead 76-75.

Oliver tied the score by making the second of two free throws. Julian Jacobs missed on a drive with 35.5 seconds left to set up Dayton's chance to win with virtually no difference in the game and shot clocks.

Howard finished with 12 points, and backcourt mate Byron Wesley scored 26. Wesley, the Trojans' leading scorer, came off the bench for the second straight game. Wesley got a lot of his points by taking his defender off the bounce.

"We just weren't good enough defensively for much of the game," Miller said. "Our biggest problem was just guarding straight-line drives."

Wesley tied at 67 in regulation with a driving shot in the lane with 1:45 remaining. Dayton regained the lead on two Jalen Robinson free throws with 50 seconds left. But Wesley came back with a driving layup to tie the game again at 69. Dayton held for the final shot, but Khari Price missed a 3-pointer from the left corner.

Sibert led Dayton with 21 points on 5-9 shooting from three. Dyshawn Pierre talled his second double-double this week with a 16-point, 10-rebound performance.

Dayton will return to UD Arena next Sunday when they host Murray State.

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