Dayton continued its mastery of the Bonnies at the Reilly Center. St. Bonaventure is 25-4 in A-10 home games since 2015-16, and three of those losses have been to Dayton.
The Flyers improved to 12-6 and 4-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. They have already doubled their number of A-10 road victories from a year ago with wins at George Washington and St. Bonaventure.
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The Flyers have not beaten anyone in the top seven of the standings but get a chance at 7 p.m. Wednesday when they play second-place George Mason (11-8, 5-1) at UD Arena.
Since routing Richmond 72-48 in its first conference game, Dayton has played four close games. None have been decided by more than six points. There was the 22-point comeback victory at GW, the win over UMass at home featuring the late go-ahead 3-pointer by Jalen Crutcher, the late fade at Virginia Commonwealth and then the thriller at St. Bonaventure.
“We kind of expected it,” Mikesell said. “You never know with the A-10. Everyone talks about the A-10 struggling in the non-conference, but when you get to the conference play, none of that stuff really matters. Any team can get beat on any night. We’re just going to have to bring it night in and night out, and every game is going to be close. We’ve just got to deal with it. Whatever it takes.”
Dayton coach talks about George Mason game in interview on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at UD's Cronin Center.
Top plays from final minute and overtimes as Flyers win 89-86 on Jan. 19, 2019, in Olean, N.Y.