ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., March 13 (UPI) -- No. 12 Xavier used a stiff defense Thursday to beat Dayton 74-65 at the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Atlantic City, N.J.
After a 14-2 run helped Xavier build a 58-48 halftime advantage, Dayton could not reduce its deficit under double figures until it drew within 66-59 with 1:15 remaining on Marcus Johnson's three-pointer.
Brown added nine rebounds for the Musketeers (27-5), who limited Dayton to 42 percent shooting while getting away with 14 turnovers.
Xavier made 24 of 34 free throws to atone for some sloppy play.
Johnson led Dayton with a game-high 26 points. Brian Roberts recorded 13 points, five rebounds and three assists but no other player scored in double figures for the Flyers (21-10), whose four-game winning streak ended.