FULLERTON, Calif. – The Dayton Flyers nearly erased a 13-point deficit, but came up short in a heartbreaking 80-78 loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers
Xeyrius Williams netted career highs of 15 points and nine rebounds, while Charles Cooke led the Flyers (2-2 overall) with 17.
Scoochie Smith added 13 points and Sam Miller scored 11.
- Dayton trailed 40-31 at halftime. It was the third consecutive game the Flyers were down at the half.
- Nebraska kept the double digit lead through most of the second half until Dayton went on a 6-0 run at the eight minute mark to cut the deficit to 59-53.
- UD cut the deficit to 77-73 after a Smith layup with 37 seconds to play. On the ensuing inbounds play, Williams forced a steal and Cooke picked up the loose ball, converted the layup and sank a free throw to cut the Nebraska lead to one.
- Smith gave Dayton the lead, 78-77, with 16 seconds to play, but it was short lived as Glynn Watson Jr. hit two of his 20 points at the free throw line with nine seconds remaining to give the Cornhuskers the advantage again.
- Smith had a chance to give the Flyers the lead, but came up short on a layup with four seconds to play.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Nebraska shot a season-best 57 percent from the field and dominated with 40 points in the paint.
- The Flyers were 10 of 24 from beyond the arc (42 percent).
- Williams obliterated his previous career highs, which was seven points against Iowa last season and six rebounds against Saint Mary’s.
- Smith and Cooke have scored in double figures in all four games this season.
- UD is 31-13 in the last nine years against the power five programs.
- The Flyers will face Portland or UCLA in the second round of the 2016 Wooden Legacy at 9:30 p.m ET.