Dayton (11-14, 5-8) fell three games under .500 for the first time this season. It fell from a tie for eighth with George Mason and St. Joseph’s into 10th place. The Patriots (12-14, 6-7) and St. Joseph’s (11-14, 6-7) are now tied for eighth.
The Dayton Flyers played their worst first half in weeks and faced a 36-27 halftime deficit Wednesday against George Mason at EagleBank Arena.
It was the largest halftime deficit Dayton has faced since it trailed St. Joseph’s 42-30 on the road on Jan. 17.
Dayton's star: Josh Cunningham made 2 of 5 field goals and 6 of 6 free throws, scoring 10 points.
George Mason's star: Otis Livingston II made 4 of 8 shots from the field and scored 10 points.
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Key stat: Dayton shot 36.4 percent from the floor (8 of 22). George Mason shot 48.3 (14 of 29).
Big run: After Jalen Crutcher tied the game at 25-25 with a 3-pointer at the 3:33 mark, George Mason went on an 11-0 run. Cunningham ended the run, making two free throws with 13 seconds left.
Bad sign: Dayton played its reserves much more than in previous games, and they didn't produce. Matej Svoboda, Kostas Antetokounmpo combined to miss all six of their field-goal attempts. Xeyrius Williams also saw action after not playing in the last two games.