COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Dayton Flyers are moving on in the NCAA tournament.
Dyshawn Pierre scored 20 points and Dayton rode a loud home-crowd advantage to another NCAA Tournament victory, beating Providence 66-53 Friday night.
After a nail-biting first half, the Flyers held a solid lead throughout the second half.
Providence coach Ed Cooley, in an attempt to fire up his team, threw a chair, costing him a technical foul, giving the Flyers an opportunity to take a higher lead with 3:30 to go in the second half.
The 11th-seeded Flyers (27-8) will face Oklahoma on Sunday night, with a chance to reach the round of 16 for the second straight season.
Sixth-seeded Providence (22-12) could not overcome early foul trouble on Big East player of the year Kris Dunn or a Dayton team buoyed by a legion of fans that made the 80-mile trip to Columbus. Dunn finished with 11 points before fouling out. LaDontae Henton had 18.
The Flyers were leading Providence 28-25 at the half.
Jordan Sibert, who made the key late 3 that helped Dayton rally to beat Boise State, scored 15 points. But it was Junior forward Dyshawn Pierre led Dayton with 20 points.