College Basketball Roundup: No. 21 Dayton cruises past Davidson

Wake Forest and NC State both lost conference road games

Dayton guard Enoch Cheeks, right, attempts a 3-point basket against Davidson guard Angelo Brizzi during the Flyers’ win Tuesday. (Aaron Doster / AP Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio — Koby Brea came off the bench to score 17 points, including 5-for-9 shooting from 3-point range, and No. 21 Dayton bounced back from a road loss with an 80-66 rout of Davidson on Tuesday night.

Enoch Cheeks led five other players in double figures with 15 points for Dayton, which went 12 of 28 on 3-pointers. Leading scorer DaRon Holmes II had a low-key first half but finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

“Kudos to Deuce because he wasn’t pouting,” said guard Kobe Elvis, who had 11 points. “It just shows how good of a teammate he was today. He wasn’t upset about nothing. He takes up a lot of real estate every time he’s rolling to the basket and trusted us to make the right play.”

The 71-67 loss by the Flyers to George Mason last Wednesday dropped them five spots in the AP Top 25 and one game out of first place in the Atlantic 10. But well-rested Dayton (22-5, 12-3) had five days off to get ready for this one, and it showed early.

After going down 6-0 in the first minute, the more physical Flyers jumped on Davidson (15-13, 5-10), mounting a 24-4 run over 8:27 in the middle of the first half. Brea scored 14 in the half, including 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc, and the Flyers led 40-21 at the break.

The Wildcats closed within 13 early in the second half but never really got back in the game.

Connor Kochera led Davidson with 18 points, and Reed Bailey added 12.

Davidson will host UMass on Saturday.

Notre Dame 70, Wake Forest 65

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Freshman Markus Burton scored a career-high 31 points and Carey Booth added 15 as Notre Dame stunned Wake Forest 70-65 on Tuesday night just three days after the Demon Deacons beat then-No. 8 Duke.

Burton became the fourth freshman at Notre Dame to score 30-plus in a single game. Matt Farrell was the last Irish player to accomplish the feat in 2018. Burton finished 9-for-15 shooting and made all 11 of his foul shots.

Tae Davis and Braeden Shrewsberry each scored 11 for the Irish (11-17, 6-11 ACC).

Kevin Miller scored 16 points, Cameron Hildreth scored 15, and Andrew Carr and Efton Reid III each scored 12 for the Demon Deacons (18-10, 10-7). Reid also grabbed 10 rebounds. The Demon Deacons’ Hunter Sallis scored a season-low seven points shooting 2 for 11.

Following a 43-38 Wake Forest lead at halftime, Sallis made two free throws and Miller made a 3-pointer for a nine-point advantage. Notre Dame then proceeded to chip at the lead as Wake Forest went scoreless for 6½ minutes.

The game stayed even before Burton and Davis made consecutive layups in less than a minute, and Notre Dame took the lead for good with 4½ minutes remaining.

Reid made two foul shots to reduce the Demon Deacons’ lead to 61-60 with 2:38 left, and with 1:28 left, Shrewsberry’s 3 proved to be the death blow for Wake Forest.

Losers of three of five, Wake Forest travels to Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Florida State 90, NC State 83

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jamir Watkins scored 19 points and Florida State built an early lead and beat NC State 90-83 on Tuesday night.

Florida State (15-13, 9-8 ACC), which has won two of its last three since ending a three-game losing streak, shot 59% (37 of 62) overall against NC State. Each of the 11 players who saw action made at least one field goal for the Seminoles.

Primo Spears added 14 points and six assists for Florida State. Cameron Corhen finished with 11 points. Watkins extended his double-figure scoring streak to a career-best 14 games.

The Seminoles took the lead for good midway through the first half and built a 12-point advantage early in the second. Jayden Taylor’s 3-pointer cut the NC State deficit to 66-64, but the Seminoles answered with a 10-2 surge to pull away. Jalen Warley scored four of his eight points during the stretch, and Corhen capped it with a dunk.

Watkins and Spears each scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting in the second half.

Taylor scored 24 points to lead NC State (17-11, 9-8). Casey Morsell added 19 points and DJ Horne chipped in with 15. Taylor and Horne combined for seven of the Wolfpack’s 10 3-pointers. Mohamed Diarra scored 13 points to go with nine rebounds.

Florida State has won six consecutive homes games against NC State.

NC State, which has lost two of its last three games, plays at No. 9 UNC on Saturday.