“That first one, honestly, it just slipped off my pinkie finger,” Tshimanga said, “but I laughed it off and just kept the same routine.”
Highlights: Dayton goes on 28-6 run vs. Richmond
League update: Through seven of 18 Atlantic 10 Conference games, first-place Dayton (18-2, 7-0) owns a one-game lead over Rhode Island and a two-game lead over Richmond, Duquesne and Virginia Commonwealth.
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• Duquesne (15-4, 5-2) fell into a tie for third place with a 73-64 loss at Massachusetts on Saturday. The Minutemen (8-12, 2-5) ended a four-game losing streak and won, in part, by outscoring the Dukes 27-13 at the free-throw line.
• Rhode Island (14-5, 6-1) won its sixth straight game since a 69-61 loss at home to Richmond in its A-10 opener. The Rams beat St. Bonaventure 81-75 in Olean, N.Y. Fatts Russell scored 29 points for Rhode Island.
After a 4-0 start in league play, the Bonnies (12-8, 4-3) have lost three straight games to three of the top teams in the conference: Virginia Commonwealth, Dayton and Rhode Island.
• VCU (15-5, 5-2) won its third straight game since a 79-65 loss at Dayton. It beat La Salle 76-65 in Philadelphia.
• Davidson (10-9, 4-3) won its third straight game, 68-53 at home against George Mason (13-7, 2-5).
Looking ahead: Dayton plays Duquesne at 7 p.m. Wednesday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The Dukes are playing home games at different venues this season because their normal home court, the Palumbo Center, is undergoing renovations.
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Duquesne played four non-conference games at La Roche University and is alternating between PPG Paints Arena, where the Pittsburgh Penguins play, and the UPMC Events Center, which is the home of Robert Morris University basketball, during A-10 play.