ST. LOUIS (AP) Brian Conklin scored 16 points and Saint Louis held off a rally by Dayton for a 58-50 victory on Saturday night.
Conklin also grabbed eight rebounds for the Billikens (18-5, 6-3 Atlantic 10). Kwamain Mitchell scored 12 points and Cody Ellis scored 10 as Saint Louis remained one-half game behind conference leader Temple.
Chris Johnson scored 16 points and collected seven rebounds for Dayton (14-9, 4-5). Kevin Dillard scored 11 points.
Dayton was trailing by 10 points when it started on an 8-0 run to make it 36-34. The Flyers had a chance to take the lead, but Luke Fabrizius could not connect on a 3-point attempt. Saint Louis remained in control the rest of the way.