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Davidson shoots 12 of 23 from 3-point range to beat No. 22 Dayton 77-60

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DAVIDSON, North Carolina — Dayton's stay in the top 25 probably won't last long.

That doesn't concern coach Archie Miller.

The Flyers' eight-game win streak came to an abrupt end Tuesday night as freshman Peyton Aldridge had 22 points and senior Tyler Kalinoski added 21 to lead the sharp-shooting Davidson Wildcats over No. 22 Dayton 77-60.

Dayton entered the Top 25 this week. It's the first time they have been ranked in the regular season since 2013.

"I don't pay attention to the Top 25," Miller said. "People make a big deal about getting ranked and then at the end of the day you have 12 more games. Our guys are fine."

It was Dayton's first loss in more than a month.

"You take one between the eyes on the road to a really good team, you just have to stick your chest out and get back up," Miller said.

Miller also pointed out that it was Dayton's fifth game in the last 10 days, but wouldn't use fatigue as a factor in Tuesday night's loss.

But there was no doubt Davidson was sharper and quicker.

The Wildcats were 12 of 23 from 3-point range, helping to erase a 26-point loss to Richmond three days earlier. Davidson forced 16 turnovers, while committing just seven.

Aldridge and Kalinoski were both 9 of 14 from the field and combined to shoot 7 of 9 from beyond the arc.

Oskar Michelsen had 11 points for the Wildcats (13-4, 4-2 Atlantic-10), who won despite playing without their second-leading scorer Jack Gibbs. The school announced before the game that Gibbs, who came in averaging 15.8 points per game, injured his knee and will be reevaluated on Wednesday.

Davidson, which left the Southern Conference to join the Atlantic-10 this year, was picked to finish 12th in the conference in the preseason. They're currently in fourth place in the conference.

Davidson coach Bob McKillop said the leadership provided co-captains by Kalinoski, Gibbs and Brian Sullivan has made the transition easier. He said all three have tremendous work ethic and high basketball IQ.

"It's like (having) three Russell Wilsons," McKillop said.

It helps to have a scorer like Aldridge, too.

PHOTO: Davidson's Tyler Kalinoski (4) celebrates the team's 77-60 upset win over Dayton with teammate Jordan Barham (5) following an NCAA college basketball game in Davidson, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Davidson's Brian Sullivan is at right. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
Davidson's Tyler Kalinoski (4) celebrates the team's 77-60 upset win over Dayton with teammate Jordan Barham (5) following an NCAA college basketball game in Davidson, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Davidson's Brian Sullivan is at right. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

"For a freshman to play like this is an extraordinary performance for him," McKillop said.

Jordan Sibert and Kendall Pollard each had 23 points to pace Dayton (15-3, 5-1).

Leading 47-39 midway through the second quarter, the Wildcats went on an 8-0 spurt to build a 16-point lead behind 3-pointers from Aldridge and Sullivan and were never seriously challenged after that point.

Kalinoski finished off the Flyers when he buried a turnaround jumper in the lane to beat the shot clock and give Davidson a 14-point lead with 57 seconds left.

"That was about as good of 40 minutes that we have put together," McKillop said.

It was Davidson's first win against a top 25 team since beating No. 12 Kansas on Dec. 19, 2011.

Dayton's only led for 31 seconds, that coming at 7-4.

That is about when Davidson started to get hot from the field. Using their motion offense to get open looks against Dayton's man-to-man defense, the Wildcats connected on 8 of 13 3-pointers in the first half to build a 45-33 lead at the break against a Flyers team known for its defense.

Kalinoski, who recently surpassed 1,000 points for his career, and Aldridge led the early surge, shooting 11 of 19 from the field for core 26 points.

"It's very difficult to defend their 3-point shooting," Miller said. "They have a tremendous system and guys who really execute. In general, with the pace they play at, if you aren't used to it they can really knock you on your heels. Early on they were sharp. They were getting clean looks — and we didn't really have an answer at any point in the game to slow them down."

Sibert single-handedly kept the Flyers in the game with 18 points in the first half on 7 of 10 shooting.

TIP-INS

Dayton: The Flyers had held 15 of its previous 17 opponents to under 70 points.

Davidson: Three of Davidson's four losses this season have come against ranked teams — North Carolina, Virginia and VCU.

UP NEXT

Dayton: Hosts Richmond on Saturday night.

Davidson: At George Mason on Saturday night.

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