By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – It seemed fitting that Dayton would end it with a 3-point shot.
Not fitting, perhaps, that it was banked home from deep beyond the key with less than a second remaining in overtime. That’s how Flyers’ guard Devin Oliver did, nailing down an 83-80 win against Ole Miss before a Tad Smith Coliseum crowd of 7,035 Saturday night.
Oliver’s game-winner dropped through with 0.3 seconds left on the clock and was consistent with how the Flyers hurt the Rebels through the evening, going 11-for-28 from the arc.
Ole Miss was 4-for-14.
The Rebels (9-4) dropped their second straight home game to close out their pre-conference schedule. They lost on a late 3-pointer here against Mercer on Dec. 28.
The Flyers’ (12-3) 11th 3-point shot would have been inconsequential had Ole Miss extended a four-point lead with 1 minute, 6 seconds left in the overtime.
Most Ole Miss players scattered quickly afterward and were not available for interviews.
SEC slate begins
The Rebels play their next two games – the SEC opener against Auburn on Thursday then at Mississippi State – with out Marshall Henderson, part of his suspension which was announced before the season began. Henderson went into Saturday’s game as the team’s leading scorer with 19.1 points a game. He had 15 points against Dayton on 3-for-9 shooting, 2-for-8 from the arc.
Jarvis Summers led Ole Miss with a career-high 29 points. He was 9-for-15 from the floor.
“Our inability to make ‘the’ play cost us,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “Our big guys have got to do what Dayton’s big guys did, and that’s finish through contact at the rim. If we do that this team’s got a chance to win some basketball games.”
It was Dayton that finished through contact down four and coming out of the timeout. That’s when Dyshawn Pierre hit a short jumper against Ole Miss forward Anthony Perez.
After a timeout, freshman Sebastian Saiz had a turnover, and the Flyers tied the game with a put-back on fastbreak.
The Rebels’ effort to win at the end of overtime ended when Saiz was called for a foul away from the ball.
Dayton shot 58.1 percent in the second half and outrebounded the Rebels 41-37 for the game.
“We did some good things, Dayton’s a good basketball team. We had our opportunities. We’ve got to shore up some areas that we’re deficient, namely rebounding and defense,” Kennedy said. “That coupled with not getting a shot at the basket in the last two offensive possessions will typically put you on the losing end.”