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"We got the rebound and we were aiming to push it down the other end," Baron said. "I thought there was some contact and he tripped."
Dayton didn't have nearly as much controversy in the final few minutes against Ole Miss, but with Eli Manning watching on, the finish certainly didn't lack drama.
London Warren hit one of two free throws with 23.7 seconds remaining, extending Dayton's lead to two. Trevor Gaskins then drove through the lane for Ole Miss but came up short on a twisting layup, and the Flyers grabbed the rebound.
Johnson's two free throws made it 67-63 with 11.2 seconds to play, and London Warren knocked the ball out of Chris Warren's hands and out of bounds at the other end. Johnson then stole the inbound pass, got fouled and hit one of two free throws for the final margin.
"I think we showed a lot of character," Johnson said. "We know we could have easily given up, but we showed a lot of character, showing that we still wanted it and we have a chance to do something special here."
Dayton has quite the history in the tournament, making its 22nd appearance, second only to St. John's for the most of any program. The Flyers are also in the tournament's Final Four for the ninth time, but haven't won a championship since their second in 1968.
That can all change Thursday night, when Dayton plays North Carolina in a matchup that nobody could have expected early in the season.
"Some great teams have played in this," Dayton coach Brian Gregory said. "Some great teams have made it to the finals and some great teams have won the championship. It's really neat that these guys, as underclassmen and our seniors, will get an opportunity to play in the championship game and add another really nice chapter to our history."
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