“At the end of the day, we’ve got to play hard,” Pipkins said. “We’ve got to play tough. We’ve got to play to our identity. We stayed together and just got the job done.”
Better performance: One of the few bright spots for Dayton was the offensive performance of Xeyrius Williams. He made all three of his 3-point shots and scored 11 points in 25 minutes. He played six minutes in the team's A-10 opener at Duquesne and then 16 minutes Wednesday against St. Bonaventure.
“A lot of times my productivity defensively hasn’t been there,” Williams said. “That’s why I’ve been sitting out and not playing as much as I would like to. Coach (Anthony) Grant talked to me. I’m trying to buy in on the defensive end, just make all the hustle plays I can make.”
Coaching connection: McCall and Grant coached against each other for the first time as head coaches. They were both on Billy Donovan's staff at Florida in 2006 when the Gators won the national championship.
“I owe a tremendous amount to (Grant),” McCall said. “It’s like playing against your dad. It really is. He’s going to have this program through the roof in no time, not only because of the type of coach he is but I think if you go around to different people in our business, the one thing they’ll talk about is his character.”
Looking ahead: Dayton (7-8, 1-2) plays at Richmond at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Spiders (3-11, 1-1) entered the weekend with the worst overall record in the A-10.
Richmond opened conference play with a 69-58 victory at home against Davidson and then lost 69-65 in overtime at Fordham on Wednesday.
Dayton has won five straight games against Richmond after losing 73-64 at the Robins Center in 2014. The Flyers ended a six-game losing streak at the Robins Center with an 85-84 victory in 2016.