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Biggest victory: Dayton beat No. 6 Maryland 77-71 in the third-place game. Senior guard Tony Stanley, who was playing less than 24 hours after the death of his mom, scored 21 points.
"Tony played with a heavy heart," Purnell said. "I don't know how he did it. I really don't."
Toughest loss: After opening the tournament with an 80-66 upset of No. 12 Connecticut, Dayton fell 76-59 to No. 1 Arizona, a team that would go on to lose to Duke 82-72 in the national championship game.
Keith Waleskowski led Dayton with 10 points and nine rebounds. Stanley was sick and threw up before the game and at halftime.
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"We played a very good team," UD coach Oliver Purnell said. "We didn't play as well as we did last night. They got too many transition baskets and offensive rebounds in the first half that gave them a working margin. We gave them easy baskets. They don't need to get easy baskets. When they get easy baskets, they're hard to beat. You've got to make them earn everything. I thought we were going tit for tat until we started to turn it over in the first half. We didn't played as poised as we needed to when we got down nine or 10, and we were playing a good team. They make you pay for it."
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Coach's summary: "I feel good," Purnell said. "It was a good tournament for us. I've said all along this is a great tournament for our program. And then to come in and beat two ranked opponents and give our young guys a chance to play under this kind of pressure, I thought was great. It's quite an accomplishment to come out of here 2-1."
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What it meant: The third-place finished vaulted Dayton to No. 24 in the Associated Press poll — it was its first ranking in 26 years — but it was a short-lived stay in the top 25. Dayton lost its next two games to Cincinnati and Marshall after returning from Maui. The Flyers finished 21-13 and reached the quarterfinals of the NIT.