“I think we definitely let that one get away,” Dayton forward Ryan Mikesell said. “We had a chance to kind of control our destiny in terms of that double-bye.”
The Flyers (19-10, 11-5) fell into third place and would have to scoreboard watch Saturday to see where they stood entering the final week of the regular season. Even one victory in the last two games against La Salle and Duquesne could get Dayton a top-four seed in the A-10 tournament, but two victories would likely guarantee it.
“It’s going to be critical,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. “The thing you always want to be able to do is control your own destiny, and tonight we had an opportunity to do that. We tried to stress how important it was to not take that for granted.”
Looking ahead: Dayton will honor two seniors Wednesday before the last home game of the season: forward Josh Cunningham and walk-on guard Jack Westerfield.
“We’ve got to play our hearts out, get the W for them, and hopefully they go home happy,” forward Obi Toppin said.
The Explorers (9-18, 7-8) beat Davidson 79-69 in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Their 0-4 on the road against teams with winning A-10 records, losing at Virginia Commonwealth, George Mason, Saint Louis and St. Bonaventure.