Ten Colonials played 11 or more minutes throughout the contest, and four members of GW’s squad finished in double-digit scoring.
Graduate student forward Alexandra Maund led the team in scoring with a career-high 27 points, hitting 10-of-15 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe.
In the final five minutes of the half, the Colonials’ only points came from the charity stripe. The team went 6-of-8 to close the half with a 14-point deficit.
Team veterans led the squad, with redshirt senior guard Armel Potter and senior forward Arnaldo Toro notching double-doubles.
The scoring difference came at the charity stripe. The Colonials netted 3-of-4 all in the first half, while Dayton sunk 7-of-16.
Wins for the Colonials came from junior Salim Khan at the No. 1 spot and freshman Rohan Bagli at the No. 9 slot.
The Colonials fired at a .750 clip from the charity stripe, hitting crucial shots down the stretch.
Redshirt senior guard Potter, who missed three games with a lower body injury, led the floor with 20 points and eight assists.
The Explorers worked the lead to 14 points until the Colonials built up an 11-point run of their own in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter.
The duo joined GW as transfers, sitting on the bench during the 2017-18 season per NCAA transfer rules.