Dayton (11-14, 5-8) suffered its sixth loss in the last eight games. It fell three games under .500 for the first time this season.
With five games to go, the Flyers sit all alone in 10th place, one game back of Duquesne, George Mason and St. Joseph’s (all 6-7) and one game ahead of four teams tied for last at 4-9: George Washington, Massachusetts, La Salle and Fordham.
The Flyers didn’t shoot the ball well against George Mason (38.2 percent). They didn’t defend well. The Patriots shot 50.9 percent from the field and 52.6 percent from 3-point range (10 of 19). George Mason beat Dayton 39-26 on the boards.
There were no bright spots for the Flyers.
“I didn’t think we played well either half, to be honest,” Grant said. “We didn’t have the fire and the intensity on the defensive end. Obviously, you’re going to have nights when shots don’t fall, but you’ve got to have a toughness about you that you can play through that on the defensive end and get stops and get rebounds. We missed 60 percent of our shots in the first half, and we had zero offensive rebounds.”