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.