Jalen Crutcher scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and had seven of Dayton’s points in a row in one-two minute stretch.
Jordy Tshimanga had 11 points and eight rebounds. Mustapha Amzil scored 11 points. Elijah Weaver led the team with six assists.
Dayton (10-4, 6-3) won its second straight game and joined St. Bonaventure (9-1, 7-1) and Davidson (10-5, 6-2) among the A-10 teams with at least six victories.
In the first half, it was a back-and-forth game for the first five minutes. Rhode Island pulled ahead on a jump shot by Jeremy Sheppard and then a 3-pointer by Fatts Russell.
Dayton trailed 19-16 when Rhode Island scored six straight points, taking its largest lead of the half, 25-16, with 7:36 to play. Dayton responded with a 6-0 run of its own. The Flyers trailed 32-29 at halftime because a last-second layup by Crutcher was ruled to have come after the buzzer.
Rhode Island held Crutcher to two points on 1-of-6 shooting in the half. Watson scored 10 for Dayton and had two dunks. Mustapha Amzil scored nine.
Around the A-10: Another conference game was postponed Friday. Saint Louis flew to Richmond for a game against the Spiders but left without playing, citing concerns about Richmond’s COVID-19 protocols. Neither team had a positive COVID-19 test. Saint Louis did not reveal the specifics of why it decided not to play. The Billikens (7-2, 0-1) now have had nine A-10 games postponed.
Dayton at Duquense, 9 p.m., ESPNU, 1290, 95.7
Ibi Watson interview (Jan. 30, 2021)