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.