While trying not to make too much out of the game because it’s one of 18 Atlantic 10 Conference games, Dayton’s Trey Landers had to admit there’s something different about the games against VCU.
“All those games are live,” he said. “You know the VCU game is live. The (fans) get up for that. It helps us. It gives us a boost of confidence. They were there for the whole 40 minutes. We appreciate that.”
Highlights: Dayton Flyers go on 22-0 run vs. VCU
Looking ahead: Dayton plays at Saint Louis at 7 p.m. Friday. The Billikens (14-3, 3-1) have beaten Massachusetts, George Washington and Richmond since starting A-10 play with a 73-59 loss at Duquesne.
Standings update: Dayton (15-2, 4-0) moved into a tie for first place with Duquesne (14-2, 4-0), which plays Fordham (6-9, 0-3) on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
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Saint Bonaventure (11-5, 3-0), which plays at home against Massachusetts on Wednesday, remains the only other team without a league loss.
Preseason favorite VCU (12-5, 2-2) fell to seventh place. It has already lost as many A-10 games this season as it lost all of last season. It finished 16-2 in the conference in 2019 and won the regular-season championship by two games over Davidson.
Around the A-10: The only other game Tuesday matched improving Richmond against fading Davidson. The Spiders (13-4, 3-1) won 70-64 at Davidson (7-9, 1-3). Nick Sherod scored 18 points, and Richmond shot 40.9 percent (9 of 22) from 3-point range.