1. No answers: Charles Cooke scored 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting and made 2-of-5 3-pointers. After the game, he had a hard time explaining the team's problems.
“I don’t know. We’ve just got to play better, play harder,” Cooke said. “We had some competitive practices. We just lost the game. It’s plain and simple. However we lost it, I don’t know. I was in the game, but we’ve just got to get better and keep working and looking forward to the next game.”
2. Late run: The Flyers trailed 65-46 with six minutes remaining and then made their one big push to get back in the game. A 10-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Kyle Davis, cut the deficit to 65-58 with 3:15 to play.
Rhode Island’s Four McGlynn ended the spurt with a 3-pointer at the 2:46 mark. Full-court pressure defense energized the Flyers during that stretch, but it was too little too late.
“To be down 19 points with six minutes to go in our arena, that hasn’t happened to our team maybe ever or in a long time,” Dayton coach Archie Miller said, “and we have veteran guys. You have guys out there who have been through a lot of games. It’s an odd dynamic. I’ll also tell you this, you’ve just got to keep showing up. If you keep showing up, you’ve got a chance to get good things going again.”
3. Big picture: Dayton wasn't the only team in the top half of the A-10 standings to be upset last week.
First-place VCU lost at 13th-place George Mason on Wednesday but bounced back with a 69-65 victory at George Washington on Saturday. George Mason followed its big victory with a 76-68 loss at last-place La Salle on Saturday. Sixth-place Davidson lost 91-81 at Fordham on Saturday.