Dayton Flyers forward Kendall Pollard dunks the ball in front of VCU Rams guard Treveon Graham.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jordan Sibert scored 19 points as Dayton held off a second-half comeback from No. 22 Virginia Commonwealth to win 59-55 at the Siegel Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Flyers remained in a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 with Rhode Island, which beat La Salle earlier Saturday. VCU and Davidson, which played later Saturday, were also tied for first entering the game.
Down by two in the last minute, VCU (21-8, 11-5 Atlantic 10) had two chances to take the lead when Sibert missed a contested runner. Treveon Graham missed a long 3-pointer and Mo Alie-Cox grabbed the rebound, but couldn’t convert the putback, and Sibert made two free throws with 2.5 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
Kendall Pollard had 16 points for Dayton (22-6, 12-4). Dyshawn Pierre had 13 points and seven rebounds.
Graham and Alie-Cox led VCU with 12 points each. The Rams shot just 34.5 percent.