Dayton coach Oliver Purnell wants his team to develop a killer instinct, which meant it had the perfect opponent on Saturday afternoon.
Tony Stanley scored 26 points, 18 on three-point shots, as Dayton beat Duquesne, 82-63, in an Atlantic 10 game.
"It's good to see us really put away a team in the second half," Purnell said. "This is February. Good teams play well in February. We're coming down the stretch and we want to try to get something started. We want to make a push."
The Flyers (13-9, 4-5) had lost five of seven games after winning five in a row. Duquesne (7-15, 1-8) has lost nine of its last 10 games. The Dukes lost three consecutive home games by margins of 33, 26 and 21 points in the last week.
Duquesne seems to be a cure for an ailing program. Temple had lost three of four before its lopsided win on Wednesday night. The Dukes were looking forward to a four-game homestand that concluded on Saturday.
They lost the first game in the final seconds to George Washington, then were blown out by the other three opponents. Duquesne travels to St. Bonaventure Wednesday.
"You can't hang your head," Dukes guard Courtney Wallace said. "We still have a way to go and there's playoffs, too. You have to keep your head up."
Dayton led, 41-30, at halftime but the Dukes made six of their first seven shots of the second half in a 12-2 run that got them within one.
Dayton's David Morris hit a three-pointer, his only field goal of the game, to start a stretch of 13 consecutive points and put the Flyers back in control.
Around the A-10
Monty Mack scored 22 points and Jackie Rogers added 16 to lead Massachusetts to a runaway 85-59 victory over Fordham.
The win brought the Minutemen (10-10, 8-1 Atlantic 10) to the .500 mark after starting the season 2-9. It was their sixth straight win.
UMass entered the game tied with St. Joseph's and Xavier for first place in the conference.
Fordham fell to 11-10, 3-6.
David West scored 26 points and had a career-high 21 rebounds and six blocks, leading Xavier (17-3, 8-1 Atlantic 10) to a 71-63 overtime victory over George Washington (9-12, 3-5). Xavier overcame an off-night at the free-throw line and pulled away in overtime by hitting its first eight free throws.
Sankes sits out HC win
HAMILTON -- Patriot League leader Holy Cross (16-5, 6-1) posted a 74-65 win at Colgate even though senior center Josh Sankes (St. Joe's) sat out the game with an inflamed right Achilles tendon. Forward Tim Szatko led the Crusaders with 25 points while 6-foot-9 sophomore center Patrick Whearty chipped in 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in place of Sankes.
The 7-foot-1 Sankes tested his foot during warm-ups and the decision was made to scratch him from the lineup just 10 minutes before tip-off. Sankes had started 48 straight games for Holy Cross since gaining his eligibility last season after transferring from Rutgers. He is averaging team-high totals of 13.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 30 minutes.
Sankes averaged 11.9 boards last year, making him the top returning rebounder in the nation heading into this season. Sankes may be available for Holy Cross' next game, Wednesday night at home against Lehigh.
Holy Cross led at halftime, 32-30, but was up by as many as 17 as forward Juan Pegues scored seven of his 10 points to spark an 18-3 run midway through the second half. Martin Marek paced Colgate (10-11, 4-3) with 16 points.
Kent State drops Toledo
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Andrew Mitchell scored 24 points and hit a three-pointer that capped a 10-0 run at the end of the first half as Kent State beat Toledo, 68-54.
The Golden Flashes (15-6, 8-2 Mid-American Conference) were behind early in the game before Mitchell scored on a layup to start an 8-0 run and ended it with an assist on Rashaun Warren's jumper.
Toledo (13-8, 5-5) trailed, 20-15, after Greg Stempin's free throw with 3:55 left in the half before Kent State reeled off the final 10 points of the half and the first basket of the second half. Four players scored for the Flashes in the 12-0 run, with Trevor Huffman and Mitchell each hitting three-pointers.
Kent State led by as many as 17 points in the second half before Stempin cut the lead to 48-43 on a dunk with 9:22 left. The Flashes scored 12 of the next 14 points to pull away.
Around the MAC
David Webber scored 34 points and Central Michigan (15-4, 9-1) outscored Northern Illinois (4-14, 3-6), 13-6 in overtime for an 81-74 victory.
Jon Sanderson scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half and Brandon Hunter led the way during a 17-2 second-half spurt as Ohio (13-6, 7-4) beat Marshall (12-7, 7-3), 77-71.
Around the nation
Steve Logan scored 22 points and Cincinnati took advantage of open shots against DePaul's sagging defense as it pulled away to a 91-70 Conference USA victory. Cincinnati (15-7, 5-4) recovered from a two-point loss at Charlotte by getting its annual home-court win over DePaul (10-11, 2-7), which has lost its last 11 games at the Shoemaker Center. Leonard Stokes (Turner/Carroll) had 17 points for the Bearcats. . . . Ian McInnis scored 14 points and had 11 rebounds as Dartmouth (6-13, 1-5) beat Cornell (5-14, 1-5), 58-53. Ka'Ron Barnes (Turner/Carroll) had 12 points for Cornell. . . . Mario Porter scored 20 points and had four assists to lead Rider (13-8, 8-4 Metro Atlantic) cover Loyola (4-14, 1-10), 68-60.