LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Cory Jefferson had a go-ahead putback with 16 seconds left and No. 18 Baylor rallied to beat Dayton 67-66 on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.
The Bears will play No. 8 Syracuse for the tournament championship Wednesday night.
After trailing nearly the entire game, Baylor (6-0) whittled away a 10-point deficit over the final 7 minutes. The Bears were down by one when Kenny Chery missed a jumper off the front of the rim, but Jefferson was all alone for the rebound and his layup gave Baylor a 67-66 lead.
Vee Sanford missed a contested shot in close for Dayton with 2 seconds left, Devin Oliver's tip-in attempt bounced off the rim and Baylor grabbed the rebound as the final buzzer sounded.
Royce O'Neale and Chery had 13 points each for the Bears. Jefferson, Gary Franklin and Isaiah Austin added 10 apiece.
Jordan Sibert led Dayton (5-1) with 20 points and Oliver had 14.
Baylor trailed by 14 with less than 5 minutes left in the first half before going on a nine-point run to cut it to 33-28 at halftime.
The Flyers built the lead back up over the first part of the second half behind Sibert, but missed seven of their last 10 shots.
O'Neale's 3-pointer trimmed Dayton's lead to 63-62 with 2:19 remaining. Oliver answered with a 3 but then Franklin hit from beyond the arc to make it 66-65 with 1:22 to play.
After a Baylor timeout, Oliver missed a jumper and the Bears grabbed the rebound.
Baylor shot just under 58 percent in the second half after shooting less than 42 percent before the break. The Bears finished 25 of 50.
Despite playing from behind most of the game, Baylor had more second-chance points and points off turnovers than the Flyers.
Dayton, which didn't receive any votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, was trying for its second upset of a ranked team in two nights. The Flyers beat No. 11 Gonzaga in the first round of the tournament Monday.
Dayton will play California in the third-place game.
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