DAYTON, Ohio (Ticker) -- Ramod Marshall and Dayton continue to live dangerously.
Marshall drained a tie-breaking jumper in the final minute and the 24th-ranked Flyers made a late defensive stand to hold on for a 61-59 victory over Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis.
Dayton (8-0) matched the start of the 1999-2000 team after surviving another harrowing finish against an unheralded foe. The Flyers needed a pair of late 3-pointers in Tuesday's triumph over Louisiana-Lafayette and also needed a last-second jumper in last Saturday's 67-65 victory over Wagner.
IUPUI (4-2) pulled into a 59-59 tie on Brandon Cole's 3-pointer with less than two minutes to go. Cole drained five 3-pointers and scored 17 points.
The Flyers went to Marshall, who hit his jumper with less than 40 seconds remaining.
"It was a called play for me," Marshall said. "I come around the screen and if the shot is open, I'm supposed to take it."
The Jaguars had one final chance, but Odell Bradley's 3-pointer hit the back rim with less than 10 seconds left. The teams scrambled for the loose ball as time expired and Bradley had one final heave that went awry.
"I told him on the sidelines to go for the win," IUPUI coach Ron Hunter said. "We wanted to go for the win in that situation, without a question."
Marshall, who scored 10 points, and backcourt mate Mark Jones suffered through rough shooting nights, combining to make only 4-of-21 shots. The duo was 2-of-16 from the arc.
Dayton used big efforts from Sean Finn and Keith Waleskowski to assert itself throughout the game. Finn collected 18 points and 13 rebounds and Waleskowski added 13 and 13.
"Coach has been challenging me and I've been challenging myself to go to the boards," Finn said. "I've been making it a lot bigger priority."
IUPUI had the exact opposite strategy, firing away from outside as Cole and Akeem Clark each drilled five 3-pointers. Bradley tried to get into the act, missing all six attempts, but did his damage inside instead.
The 6-4 Bradley collected 19 points, 12 rebounds and five assists to keep IUPUI in the game. Bradley and the 6-6 Cole were the two tallest players in IUPUI's starting lineup in comparison to the 7-foot Finn, who had five blocks, and 6-8 Waleskowski as Dayton's two tallest starters. Despite the discrepancy, Dayton only held a 40-37 edge on the glass.
"We knew going into this game that this would be a tough one because of the matchups," Dayton coach Brian Gregory said. "It was a tough matchup for our big guys to go out there and guard their guys on the perimeter."
"I'm just really disappointed for our guys," Hunter said. "We came out and played really hard and really deserved a better outcome. We can only worry about the things we can control and I definitely can't fault our effort."
The Jaguars had just one free-throw attempt. The Flyers were 13-of-19 at the line.