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��������������� DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 5, 7 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Patriot Center (10,000) -- Fairfax, Virginia. Television: MASN, WHIO. Home Record: UD 9-6, GMU 5-4. Away Record: UD 3-3, GMU 1-7. Neutral Record: UD 2-1, GMU 1-3. Conference Record: UD 2-5, GMU 0-7. Series Record: Dayton leads 3-1.

GAME NOTES: Hoping to finally get back on the winning track, the George Mason Patriots host the Dayton Flyers in an Atlantic 10 Conference matchup at the Patriot Center.

On Saturday afternoon, Dayton beat George Washington at home, 75-65. That victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the Flyers.

George Mason enters this game having lost its last eight decisions, though that included two overtime losses in the stretch of futility. Most recently, the Patriots were outlasted in overtime Saturday at nationally-ranked Saint Louis, 87-81.

Dayton leads the all-time series 3-1 and has won the last three meetings. This will be the first meeting between the two schools as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Devin Oliver scored 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds in Dayton's win over George Washington. Jordan Sibert and Vee Sanford both tallied 13 points, followed by Khari Price with 11 points. Dayton shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range, and held a 38-29 advantage at the break. In the second half, the Flyers were a near-perfect 15- of-16 at the free-throw line as they secured the win.

Sibert (12.0 ppg) is third in the Atlantic 10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.434). Oliver (12.4 ppg) leads the team offensively. Dyshawn Pierre (11.8 ppg) has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 13 contests. As a unit, the Flyers are scoring a healthy 74.7 ppg, fifth-best in the A-10, and giving up 68.3 ppg. They are a very accurate team, topping the league in field goal percentage (.474) and are second in the A-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.381).

George Mason pushed Saint Louis to overtime on Saturday. Bryon Allen posted a career-high 30 points in the effort, while Patrick Holloway supplied 15 points off the bench for the Patriots. George Mason had a 68-65 advantage in the final minute of regulation, but Saint Louis tied with a three-pointer with 44 seconds left. The Patriots missed two shots to win the game in the final possession before the game went into overtime, where the Billikens pulled away.

Allen (15.0 ppg) and Sherrod Wright (13.7 ppg) are the only two players averaging double digits in the scoring column for a George Mason club that is putting up 68.7 ppg, while permitting 71.1 ppg. The Patriots are keeping their heads above water with regard to rebounding margin (+1.7), but have been too careless with the basketball in turning it over 14.6 times per contest, second-worst in the conference.

George Mason hasn't won since the first week of January and has yet to register a conference win in its first season in the Atlantic 10. With the sharp-shooting Flyers coming to town, it doesn't look to get any easier for the Patriots.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Dayton 71, George Mason 63

02/05 10:32:14 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
DUR
 
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
Final
PIT 2
CIN 5
Final
CLE 5
KAN 3
Final
WAS 5
ANA 4
Final
TOR 8
BAL 10
Final
DET 4
CWS 6
Final
TAM 4
MIN 6
Final
BOS 5
NYY 1
Final
NYM 3
STL 2
Final
MIL 5
SDP 2
Final
LOS 5
PHI 2
12:05pm Today
CLE
KAN
 
12:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CWS
 
1:10pm Today
TAM
MIN
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
STL
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
ARI
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
SDP
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BAL
 
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
NYY
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
Final
SAN 92
DAL 113
Final
HOU 105
POR 112
7:00pm Tonight
ATL
IND
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
OKC
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAC
Final
CLB 4
PIT 3
Final
DAL 4
ANA 2
Final
CHI 4
STL 3
8:00pm Tonight
DET
BOS
9:30pm Tonight
MIN
COL
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
SJS
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
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