The loss ends Dayton’s two-year run of NCAA tournament appearances. The Flyers had played in the tournament eight times in the previous nine seasons. They still have a chance to earn a NIT bid. Dayton was 14-14 in 2016 when it played in the NIT.
VCU (23-8) will play No. 2 seed Fordham or No. 3seed Duquesne in the championship game at noon Sunday.
Dayton led by as many as 10 points in the first half and owned a 27-20 halftime lead. Trailing 10-8, Dayton began a 14-2 run over the next six minutes.
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Scaife scored 11 points in the half. The Flyers shot 26.9 percent (7 of 26) from the field but made 11 of 12 free throws.
VCU shot 20.8 percent (5 of 24) and made 9 of 14 free throws.