Mark Ashman hit a short pull-up jumper with 1:01 left in overtime to help Dayton to a 70-69 win over St. Bonaventure Wednesday night that advances the team to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament.
Off an inbounds pass, Ashman drove to within six feet of the basket, then drew two Bonnie defenders before calmly sinking the shot to send Dayton (11-16) to a Thursday matchup against George Washington.
St. Bonaventure (14-15) lost a chance to send the game into another overtime after David Messiah Capers missed a short jumper and Isaac King failed to convert an offensive rebound as time expired.
Tony Stanley led the Flyers with 16 points, while Capers had a game-high 18 for the Bonnies.
St. Bonaventure sent the game into overtime after Tim Winn grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a 12-foot baseline jumper with 27 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 64.
Winn, the Bonnnies' leading scorer, was held to four points on 2-of-9 shooting.
Dayton had a chance to hold for the last shot in regulation, but Edwin Young threw an errant cross-court pass to Cain Doliboa that caused Doliboa to step out of bounds.
Behind 62-60 with 1:34 left, the Flyers came back to take a two-point lead behind a turnaround baseline jumper by Ashman and two Young free throws.
Dayton won despite getting outrebounded by St. Bonaventure 49-32. Caswell Cyrus grabbed 10 for the Bonnies, while scoring four of his 12 points in overtime.
Trailing 40-34 at halftime, St. Bonaventure came out on a 13-4 run to start the second half, capped by a King putback of a J.R. Bremer missed free throw that gave the Bonnies a 47-44 lead.
Dayton hit 2-of-8 from the field during that span, while Bremer had six points.
Dayton took their six-point halftime lead behind seven points each from Stanley, Doliboa, and Coby Turner.
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