Williams helps Dayton edge Savannah State

Williams helps Dayton edge Savannah State

Published Nov. 22, 2010 10:27 p.m. ET

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Paul Williams scored 15 points, including a jumper that put Dayton ahead to stay, as the Flyers edged Savannah State 61-59 on Monday night.

The junior guard scored eight points in the first 2:19 of the second half to put the Flyers (4-0) ahead 42-41 after the Tigers (1-5) took a 37-34 halftime lead.

After a 10-0 Savannah State burst put the Tigers on top 51-48, Dayton went on an 8-0 run, with a jumper by Williams giving them a 53-51 advantage with 6:37 to play.

Williams' total was his season high and one off his career high.

The Tigers cut the lead to 60-59 with 9 seconds left, but Josh Parker made 1 of 2 at the line for Dayton.

Jovonni Shuler scored all 17 of his points in the first half for Savannah State. Preston Blackmon scored 17 for the Tigers.

Chris Wright added 12 points for Dayton, which has won 39 straight nonconference home games.

Updated November 22, 2010