RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — VCU survived a late rally by Dayton in the final minutes, but thanks to 30 points from Bones Hyland and other double-digit scoring efforts by Adrian Baldwin Jr. and Hason Ward, the Rams defeated the Flyers 73-68 in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Atlantic 10 Tournament.
VCU advances to the semifinals on Saturday, where they’ll meet Davidson at 9 p.m. at the VCU Siegel Center. Davidson defeated George Mason 99-67 in their quarterfinal game on Friday. Top-seeded St. Bonaventure will play Saint Louis in the other semifinal. The championship game will be played March 14 at Dayton University.
VCU led from start to finish, holding a lead as large as 19 points with 9:11 remaining in regulation. The Rams led 37-26 at halftime.
But Dayton found its rhythm in the final eight minutes, something the Flyers seemed to miss for much of the contest. Dayton cut the Rams lead to as many as five points, but VCU put the game out of reach with clutch free throw shooting.
Corey Douglas added 8 points and Jamir Watkins contributed 7 points for the Rams in the winning effort.
Jalen Crutcher led Dayton in scoring with 21 points.