Dayton, OH WWBT/AP - Dyshawn Pierre scored 21 points, and Dayton led a double-digit lead slip away before rallying to beat Richmond 63-60 on Saturday night, remaining unbeaten at home.
The Flyers (16-3, 6-1 Atlantic 10) led by 10 points at halftime but went cold at the start of the second half, allowing the Spiders (10-9, 3-3) to make it a game.
Scoochie Smith's two free throws put Dayton up 63-60 with 13.6 seconds left, and ShawnDre' Jones' attempt at a tying 3-point shot was short as time ran out.
The Flyers moved into the Top 25 this week for the first time this season and got drubbed 77-60 at Davidson on Tuesday night, their most lopsided loss of the season. They needed a big finish to pull this one out.
Kendall Pollard scored 18 points and put the Flyers ahead to stay 57-55 with a shot in the lane.
T.J. Cline led the Spiders with 14 points. Richmond was coming off an 89-63 win over Davidson last Saturday, piling up season highs in points and 3-pointers (14) in the Spiders' most lopsided win of the season.
They came up just short in their attempt to knock off a Top 25 team on the road for the first time in 11 years.
Pierre made shots from all over the floor while piling up 16 points in the first half. He drove the baseline for bank shots and made both of his shots from behind the arc, going 6 of 7 from the field overall.
Pierre had five points during a 14-5 spurt that gave Dayton its first double-digit lead late in the half. The Flyers led 37-27 at the break, shooting 68 percent from the field.
Guard Kendall Anthony, the Spiders' leading scorer at 16.3 points per game, managed only four points in the half. He picked up his third foul in the opening minute of the second half and went to the bench. Anthony finished with nine points.
Dayton missed nine of its first 12 shots in the second half, helping the Spiders catch up.
Cline scored 10 consecutive points -- including a pair of 3-pointers -- that gave the Spiders their first lead, 47-46, midway through the half. Jordan Sibert, the Flyers' leading scorer at 16.1 points per game, picked up his fourth foul with 8:54 to go and finished with eight.
There were six lead changes before Dayton took control down the stretch before Dayton went ahead to stay.