DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Kendall Pollard scored 17 points, and Dayton used every bit of its home-court advantage on Wednesday night, rallying for a 56-55 win over Boise State in the First Four.
The Flyers (26-8) will play sixth-seeded Providence on Friday in Columbus, Ohio.
It was the first time since 1987 that a school has played an NCAA Tournament game on its home court, an anomaly resulting from Dayton hosting the opening games. The Flyers went 16-0 at home during the regular season and have won 22 straight at UD Arena, seventh-longest active streak in Division I.
The Flyers trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half and by seven with 3:43 to go. With the crowd of 12,592 behind them - the biggest attendance for a First Four game - Dayton closed with a 10-2 run.
Derrick Marks' leaning 3-pointer at the buzzer was far off the mark, finishing it off. Marks had 23 points on 10-of-21 shooting.
ROBERT MORRIS 81, N. FLORIDA 77
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Lucky Jones scored 21 points, including a key free throw, Rodney Pryor had 20 and Marcquise Reed 19 to lead Robert Morris back from a 13-point second-half deficit to beat North Florida in the First Four.
The Colonials (20-14), who won the Northeast Conference Tournament to get into the field as a 16 seed, now meet top-seeded Duke in the second round on Friday in Charlotte.
As the final seconds ticked off, jubilant fans chanted, ''We want Duke! We want Duke!''
Elijah Minnie added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Colonials, who scored 21 points off North Florida's 19 turnovers.
Beau Beech finished with 28 points for the Ospreys (23-12), champs of the Atlantic Sun Tournament.