Flyers almost win despite losing Pollard to fouls

When he exited the game against George Washington with his fifth foul with 3:05 left, Dayton’s chances looked slim. Even though the Flyers lost 65-64 on Joe McDonald’s putback at the buzzer in overtime at the Smith Center, forward Bobby Wehrli deserves credit for holding his own on defense. Without that effort, Dayton may not have gotten to overtime.

“Bobby did a great job tonight,” Dayton coach Archie Miller said. “He played 22 of the hardest minutes he’s played all season. He fought undersized. He did a really nice job late in the game of being active and getting his hands on some things and causing some problems.”

Pollard had 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting and made all six of his free throws. He also had eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals.

Wehrli’s only basket came with 2:47 to play, cutting George Washington’s lead to 54-52.

New look: Dayton wore its dark blue uniforms with red lettering for the first time.

Close stats: Each team hit five 3-pointers. Each team had 14 turnovers. Each team had eight steals.

Deja vu: This is the second straight game at the Smith Center the Flyers have lost in the final seconds of overtime. Isaiah Armwood’s dunk with two seconds left gave George Washington an 81-80 victory over Dayton on March 9, 2013.

Gruden popular: Dayton walk-on Joey Gruden gave interviews to several members of the Washington media after the game as his dad, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, watched.

Next week: The Flyers play at Saint Louis at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday (CBS Sports Network) and host St. Bonaventure at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 14 (NBC Sports Network).

The Billikens (10-12, 2-7) are tied for 11th place with Duquesne and George Mason. St. Bonaventure (12-8, 5-4) is tied for sixth with Davidson, La Salle and Richmond.

Dayton beat Saint Louis 61-45 on Jan. 17 at UD Arena. The Flyers beat the Bonnies 78-61 on Jan. 8 in Olean, N.Y.

Around the A-10: First-place Virginia Commonwealth (18-4, 8-1) plays at St. Bonaventure at 2 p.m. today in the only matchup of the day between teams in the top half of the standings.

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