Dayton (12-8, 8-7) played well for only one stretch. In the first seven minutes of the second half, it trimmed a 54-38 deficit to 62-59. Less than four minutes later, the Hawks (2-14, 1-9) pushed their lead back to double digits, and the Flyers had no more rallies in them.
The Hawks won the game behind the 3-point line, making 18 of 42 3-pointers (42.9 percent). Taylor Funk scored 36 points. Ryan Daly added 25.
Dayton shot a respectable 40 percent from 3-point range (10 of 25), but it was far from enough. Jalen Crutcher led Dayton with 17 points. Ibi Watson scored 16.
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When looking ahead to this game on Friday after the victory against Saint Louis, Dayton coach Anthony Grant called Saint Joseph’s a dangerous team. At that point, the Hawks had not won an A-10 game this season, though they returned to action Saturday with a 91-82 overtime victory at home against La Salle in their first game since Jan. 30.
This was Dayton’s second-to-last regular-season game. It will play at Saint Bonaventure (12-3, 10-3) on Monday at a time to be announced.
Then Dayton moves on to the A-10 tournament, which starts March 3 in Richmond, Va., with two games involving the bottom four seeds. The Flyers likely will start play in the second round on March 4.