DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Scoochie Smith scored 16 points and three others finished with 12 each as Dayton used a 20-0 run in the second half and defeated George Mason 83-70 on Tuesday night to clinch a double-bye into the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament.
John Crosby, Xeyrius Williams, and Charles Cooke each scored 12 points for Dayton and Kendall Pollard chipped in 10. Crosby was 3-for-3 shooting 3-pointers and Dayton made 10 of 25 attempts from deep.
Jaire Grayer led George Mason (18-10, 8-7) with 13 points and 13 boards, Marcquise Moore added 12 points and nine rebounds.
There was a significant ''visitor'' in the building Tuesday. The NCAA championship trophy, which is making a tour of selected venues in advance of March Madness, was on display in the arena's concourse.
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