PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Ticker) -- It took awhile for Dayton to shake off the effects of Saturday's one-point overtime loss to Xavier but once the Flyers did, they had no trouble posting their 20th victory.
Ramod Marshall hit three straight 3-pointers during a 71-second span in an 11-0 run early in the second half as 25th-ranked Dayton pulled away for an 82-70 Atlantic 10 Conference win over Rhode Island.
The Flyers (20-5, 12-2 A-10 West) reached 20 victories for the fourth straight season, their best run of success since five straight 20-win campaigns from 1965-69.
Coming off a 73-72 setback to Xavier that dropped it out of first place, Dayton got off to sluggish start, falling behind 24-15 with 9:21 left in the first half.
The Flyers came alive midway through the first half and used a late 10-0 spurt to open a 39-28 lead on Mark Jones' 3-pointer before settling for a 39-30 edge at the intermission.
In a game of runs, Rhode Island (15-10, 7-7 East) scored the first 11 points of the second half, grabbing a 41-39 lead on Brian Woodward's two foul shots with 16:41 remaining.
But Dayton tied it on Jones' jumper before Marshall took over. His third 3-pointer made it 50-41 with 15:20 to go. Marshall finished with 17 points, becoming the 25th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.
After the Rams closed to within 50-46, Brooks Hall scored eight straight, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and two foul shots to extend the Flyers' advantage to 58-46. Hall scored 20 points for Dayton, which led by as many as 15 in the second half.
Woodward scored 18 points and Lazare Adingono added 17 for the Rams, who suffered their fourth straight loss.
The Flyers featured balanced scoring as Keith Waleskowski and Jones also reached double figures with 15 points apiece. The Flyers shot just under 54 percent from the field (29-of-54).
They frustrated Rhode Island with accurate 3-point shooting, making 12-of-19 from beyond the arc, including all six attempts in the second half. Hall (4-of-4) and Marshall each made four 3-pointers.
Dayton has won 16 of its last 19 games, with all three losses coming to ranked teams - one against Duke and two against Xavier.
Dustin Hellenga added 13 points for the Rams, who shot just 39 percent (25-of-64) and made only 2-of-12 3-pointers.
It was the first game for Rhode Island since a 17-hour journey home from Richmond on Sunday due to a fog delay at the Philadelphia airport.
Prior to the game, the school held a moment of silence for the 97 people killed in the tragic fire on at a club in West Warwick on Thursday.