KINGSTON, R.I. -- Xavier Munford scored 27 points on Saturday and Rhode Island shot 62.5 percent from the field to defeat Dayton 88-76.
URI's overall shooting was better than its 57.5 percent free throw percentage (23 of 40) and tied for the fourth-best overall shooting performance in program history.
Rhode Island (11-10, 2-4 Atlantic 10) had a 15-point first-half lead before Dayton scored seven straight to close the period within 39-31. The Flyers scored four more points to open the second within 39-35, but the Rams answered with a 16-2 run.
Dayton made a late run to pull within 79-72 with 1:53 left, but Rhode Island scored four points on its next possession to seal the game.
Reggie Witherspoon, who spent more than 13 seasons coaching at Buffalo, is returning to the city to coach Canisius College.
North Carolina Hall of Fame men's basketball coach Roy Williams is recovering from knee-replacement surgery.
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