DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Matt Kavanaugh scored a career-high 23 points and Dayton held off La Salle 79-75 Saturday night to move back into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference and snap the Explorers’ six-game winning streak.
The Flyers (13-5, 3-1), coming off an 81-73 loss to St. Bonaventure, are tied with Massachusetts and Xavier atop the league standings.
Dayton never trailed and led by 12 with 2:39 remaining. La Salle (13-5, 2-1), which came in having won 11 of its past 12, then used a 13-4 run in the next 59 seconds, capped by a Ramon Galloway 3-pointer, to cut the deficit to three at 78-75.
Neither team scored again until Josh Parker’s free throw with 2 seconds left.
Kavanaugh was 13 of 14 from the line, nearly matching his previous high of 15 points, and Luke Fabrizius added 14 points.