DAYTON, Ohio — Dyshawn Pierre scored 26 points, including two key free throws with 19.9 seconds left, and Dayton defeated George Washington 77-70 on Friday night.
George Washington took a 61-57 lead on Kevin Larsen's layup with eight minutes to play but the Colonials missed their next eight shots and the Flyers took control. A 3-pointer by Charles Cooke tied the game at 61 and Pierre's 3 at 4:02 made it 66-61.
The Colonials made 4 of 5 from the line but didn't make a field goal until Alex Mitola's jumper at 1:07 cut the deficit to 70-67. Cooke quickly answered with a 3-point play and Paul Jorgensen hit a 3 for GW with 30.7 to play. With the Colonials forced to foul, Pierre made two free throws to make it a two possession game.
Cooke finished with 15 points for the Flyers (14-3, 4-1 Atlantic 10), who made 15 of 16 free throws in the second half.
Tyler Cavanaugh had 18 points, Kevin Larsen 16 with 10 rebounds, and Patricio Garino 15 for George Washington (14-4, 3-2), which was 5 of 15 from the line.