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Dayton 55, Syracuse 53: How the game was won

By Tim Graham

How Dayton won: With both teams struggling to make shots, Syracuse was doomed by an inability to convert anything but layups, putbacks and short jumpers. Syracuse missed all 10 three-pointers it attempted. Dayton, meanwhile, made seven three-pointers and held a 35-31 edge in rebounds.

Turning point: Dayton led by one point with 14 seconds to play, when guard Jordan Sibert stepped out of bounds while being pressured by two Syracuse defenders. Syracuse had a chance to take its first lead in over six minutes, but Tyler Ennis pulled up for a short jumper against his coach's wishes -- Jim Boeheim later said he ordered a drive to the basket -- and Syracuse's best opportunity to win evaporated.

Player of the game: Dayton forward Devin Oliver scored only seven points, but he recorded team-highs with 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals without committing a turnover.

Stat of the game: Syracuse failed to make a three-pointer for the first time since March 1995 against Providence.

He said it: "It was definitely going in tonight. It was online, and he was going for the win. ... Lo and behold, he misses. I thought he was going to the basket, but I saw him raise up. I didn't feel good about it. But Buffalo has been good to us these last couple days." -- Dayton coach Archie Miller on watching Ennis miss a three-pointer as time expired. Dayton also survived a failed buzzer-beater Thursday to beat Ohio State.

Up next: Dayton is moving on to Memphis for the Sweet 16 and will play the winner of Sunday's game between second-seeded Kansas and 10th-seeded Stanford.

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