DAYTON, Ohio (AP) When his first two shots were right on the mark, Jaylen Adams knew he was in for a big day. He led St. Bonaventure to one of its biggest moments ever on the road.
Adams matched his career high with 31 points and hit the big shots in the final 36 seconds, leading the Bonnies to a 79-72 victory over No. 15 Dayton on Saturday, their first road win over a ranked team in their history.
Adams' 3-pointer with 36 seconds to go snapped a 72-72 tie. He added four free throws in the closing seconds to help the Bonnies (18-7, 10-4 Atlantic 10) pull off an improbable win.
''I'm happy, man,'' the sophomore guard said. ''Words can't even explain. I'm kind of speechless.''
The Flyers (21-5, 11-3) were coming off a 79-70 loss at Saint Joseph's on Wednesday. They hadn't lost consecutive games in their last 77, the third-longest active streak behind Villanova and Kansas. Plus, the Flyers hadn't lost a home conference game since Jan. 29, 2014, winning 20 in a row.
The Bonnies pulled it off by opening the game with a 15-5 spurt - Adams hit two 3s - and led most of the way. Adams played the entire game, went 8 of 19 from the field, made all of his 10 free throws and had six rebounds and six assists. When his first two 3-pointers went in, his confidence kicked in all the way.
''Shooters know that,'' he said. ''The way it comes off your hand and the way it feels - when you see two drop, you know it's going to be a good day.''
The Bonnies are 3-35 all-time against ranked teams away from home. The other two wins came at neutral sites, according to STATS.
''This is something that as a young kid you dream about, playing in this type of environment, in this type of game on national television,'' Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt said. ''Our guys responded.''
Players wrapped their arms around each other on the bench as the final seconds ran off the clock, starting a spirited celebration. They knew the magnitude of what they had done.
''We came in here and we rallied together and we knew we were trying to make history,'' Adams said.
The Bonnies held a lead for most of the first half, quieting the crowd at the University of Dayton Arena. Adams' 3-pointer with a second left in the half put the Bonnies up 40-36.
''They played fantastic. Right out of the gate, they had a swagger about them,'' Flyers coach Archie Miller said. ''He (Adams) is one of the best guards I've ever coached against. To do what he was able to do and not come out of the game is incredible. He set the tone right away, in the first 4 minutes.''
Foul problems started building up for the Bonnies at the start of the second half. Denzel Gregg got his fourth with 14:12 left, giving the Bonnies three players with at least three fouls. Charles Cooke converted a three-point play that gave Dayton a 54-52 lead, its first since the opening minute.
The Bonnies responded with a 7-0 run and kept a slim lead until Steve McElvene's putback tied it 52-52 with 58 seconds left.
That's when Adams took over, scoring the last six points of the game.
''He was terrific the whole game,'' Schmidt said. ''I thought one of the biggest shots he made was right before halftime when he gave us momentum going into the locker room. And then every big shot that we needed, he made. He made the big one at the end.
''You look at his stats line, it's pretty incredible. He was terrific. He was the best guy on the court, and we needed every minute and every basket that he had.''
St. Bonaventure: It was the Bonnies' first game against a ranked team this season. They won their only game against a ranked team last season, beating VCU. The Bonnies are 13-60 all-time against ranked teams.
Dayton: Junior forward Kendall Pollard missed his third straight game with a sore knee. Coach Archie Miller said it's unclear when he'll be able to return.
St. Bonaventure: Hosts Duquesne on Wednesday.
Dayton: At Saint Louis on Tuesday.