California vs Dayton

Dayton tops Cal 82-64 in Maui; Oliver scores 21

Associated Press

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Devin Oliver had 21 points and Dayton halted an early second-half surge by California to win 82-64 in the Maui Invitational on Wednesday.

Oliver started a key 12-point run five minutes into the second half with a tip-in and a 3-pointer, then had a steal and drive that ended in a spinning layup. Less than a minute later, 6-foot freshman Kyle Davis drove in from the top of the key in traffic for a two-handed dunk to give Dayton a 52-39 lead with less than 12 minutes left.

The run muted a one-man attack by Justin Cobbs, who scored Cal's first 12 points of the second half. Cobbs finished with 31 points for the Golden Bears (5-2).

The win gave Dayton (6-1) its second big win this week and third place in the tournament. It beat No. 11 Gonzaga on Monday and lost by 1 to No. 18 Baylor on Tuesday. Cal placed fourth.

The Flyers shot just under 52 percent in the second half after making less than half their shots in the first.

Jalen Robinson had 17 points, Vee Sanford had 14 and Davis had 12, including 10 in the second half.

Dayton got off to a big lead midway through the first half with a 15-0 run, led by two Sanford 3s and another from Sibert.

The streak was interrupted when Dayton's Kendall Pollard got a technical with just over seven minutes left for throwing an elbow to Jabari Bird's face. Pollard wasn't ejected, but Bird hit both his free throws and Dayton coach Archie Miller benched him the rest of the half. Pollard played just two minutes in the second half and finished one minute under his season average.

The Golden Bears shot just under 41 percent and made less than one-third of their shots in the first half.

Cobbs was feeling comfortable at the start of the second half, pulling up for jumpers with crossover dribbles, calling for the ball and shooting at will. His buckets drew chants of ''give it to Cobbs'' from the small crowd as the Golden Bears tried to get the game closer.


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