Kendall Pollard scored 17 points, and Dayton used every bit of its home-court advantage Wednesday night, rallying for a 56-55 win over Boise State in an NCAA tournament first-round game in Dayton, Ohio.
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's 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.
Robert Morris 81, North Florida 77 - Lucky Jones scored 21 points, including a key free throw; Rodney Pryor had 20; and Marcquise Reed netted 19 to lead the Colonials back from a 14-point second-half deficit.
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 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, but didn't have a field goal over the last 11 minutes, 18 seconds.
Jalen Nesbitt added 14 points and Dallas Moore 13 for North Florida, making its first trip to the tournament.
Beech, who had 13 at the break, hit two threes to start the second half, increasing an eight-point lead at the break to 41-27.
But the Colonials, who failed to score for 4:31 of the first half, turned the tables on the Ospreys. In an 11-0 run, they kept North Florida off the board for 4:44.
From then on, the game was an end-to-end battle.
Mississippi 94, BYU 90 - Ole Miss pulled off the tournament's first big comeback late Tuesday in a first-round game.
Stefan Moody scored 26 points and led Mississippi's comeback from a 17-point halftime deficit. The Rebels (21-12) trailed until Moody led a 15-2 run midway through the second half. He hit a late three-pointer that helped finish it off.
"Welcome to March Madness!" Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy said.