Dayton forward Dyshawn Pierre (21) shoots as Rhode Island guard T.J. Buchanan (13) and forward Gilvydas Biruta (55) look on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament in New York, Sa
John Minchillo
March 14, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) Jordan Sibert scored six points in the final five minutes on a couple of reverse layups and a spin move to help Dayton slip past Rhode Island 56-52 in the Atlantic 10 tournament semifinals Saturday.

The second-seeded Flyers (25-7) play fifth-seeded VCU on Sunday in the Atlantic 10 championship game.

E.C. Matthews led third-seeded Rhode Island (22-9) with 16 points. The Rams are likely headed for an NIT bid.

Dayton is in the A-10 finals for the first time since 2011 and looking for its second tournament title. The Flyers seem like safe bet for an at-large NCAA bid if they can't lock up an automatic bid for the first time since 2003.

Sibert's spinning move through the lane put Dayton up 46-44 with 4:43 left in the second half. Sibert's second up-and-under layup made it 53-47 with 1:07 left. He finished with 12 points and Dyshawn Pierre had 10.

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