DAYTON, Ohio (Ticker) -- Keith Waleskowski and Dayton ended a long drought against a nemesis to the south.
Waleskowski scored 18 points as the Flyers ended an 11-game losing streak against 19th-ranked Cincinnati with a 75-69 victory.
Dayton (3-0) had not beaten Cincinnati since the 1988-89 season. The Flyers built a 12-point lead in the first half, saw the Bearcats rally to tie, then took control down the stretch.
"This was an outstanding win for us," Dayton coach Oliver Purnell said. "Our guys played with guts out there tonight. This game tonight fit the definition of a big game for us."
The Bearcats cruised to a 77-55 rout in last season's meeting.
"Last year, we didn't handle the pressure and they just killed us," Waleskowski said. "We really wanted to get this one. We were trying not to look ahead at this game and stumble in our other games this week."
A basket by Bearcats forward Jason Maxiell forged a 47-47 tie with 14 1/2 minutes left. Dayton's Sean Finn had a layup and D.J. Stelly added a tip-in for a four-point cushion.
Brooks Hall had a pair of 3-pointers in an 8-2 spurt that extended the lead to 63-54 with just over seven minutes to go.
Cincinnati (2-1) got a pair of 3-pointers from Tony Bobbitt to cut the deficit to 67-64 with 4:37 remaining. Dayton's Mark Jones nailed his only 3-pointer of the game and Waleskowski added a layup to restore a nine-point margin.
"I haven't been shooting very well recently," Jones said. "That was the first three I've hit all season."
The Bearcats shot 57 percent (16-of-28) in the second half, but that came after clicking at 40 percent (12-of-30) in the first.
"We're not consistent and we have breakdowns defensively," Bearcats coach Bob Huggins said. "We don't play through things and don't execute on offense."
Hall netted 13 points and Ramod Marshall added 12 for Dayton, which has high hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000. The Flyers have won 65 games in their previous three seasons.
Dayton's raucous sellout crowd of 13,409 fans was also a factor to the inexperienced Bearcats as it created a difficult atmosphere.
"The crowd was hungry for this win today," Purnell said. "There's no question that (we) were feeding off the energy of the crowd."
Field Williams scored 15 points to lead Cincinnati and Leonard Stokes added 13. The Bearcats were outscored in the paint, 34-24.
The Flyers held a 35-29 edge on the glass as Waleskowski grabbed eight rebounds and Marshall and reserve forward Nate Green each had six. Dayton scored 16 second-chance points off 15 offensive rebounds.
"Kenyon Martin blocked out on every play and none of these guys is as athletic as Kenyon," Huggins said. "There are three coaches in here and we're going to continue to drill it and drill it until they do."
Cincinnati is Dayton's oldest opponent in basketball. The teams first met on January 31, 1907.