Cunningham leads Flyers past W. Michigan

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The University of Dayton men’s basketball team defeated Western Michigan at UD Arena on Wednesday evening by a score of 85-72. The Flyers are now 6-5 overall on the year, while the Broncos fall to 5-6 this season.

Josh Cunningham led Dayton with 28 points and has now scored in double figures in eight of the nine games he has been active for. Cunningham was joined by Obi Toppin (22 points), Jalen Crutcher (14), as well as Trey Landers (11) in scoring double figures. Toppin went a perfect 11-for-11 from the floor, tying the Dayton and Atlantic 10 records for most shots made in a game without a miss.

GAME BREAKDOWN
1st Half: Dayton 45, Western Michigan 33 

Jalen Crutcher made three three-pointers within a 1:11 span, putting Dayton up 11-9 with just under 16 left in the half.
Crutcher set Obi Toppin up for a dunk with 13 minutes left in the half, giving Dayton a 21-15 lead with 12:45 to play.
Crutcher made each of his first four 3-point field goal attempts of the game, tying his season high by the 12:28 mark of the opening half. His fourth 3-pointer gave the Flyers a 24-17 advantage, the team’s largest lead to that point.
Dayton went on an 8-0 run from with just over eight minutes in the half to put the Flyers up 15. Obi Toppin was responsible for scoring six of Dayton’s eight points during the run.
Landers delivered back-to-back buckets, giving the Flyers an 18-point lead with four minutes to go, the largest lead of the game.
The Flyers shot 83% at the free throw line, while the Broncos only shot 50%.
Toppin and Crutcher led the offense in the first half, each contributing 12 points.
 
2nd Half: Dayton 85, Western Michigan 72 
Cunningham kicked off scoring in the second half by making both of his free throws to give Dayton a 14-point lead to open the second half.
The Flyers saw their lead cut to only eight points, 54-46, after a series of Bronco points.
Cunningham contributed six points in a thirty second span after shooting back-to-back “and-1s,” giving the Flyers a 14-point lead.
Toppin hit consecutive dunks with just under eight minutes left in the game.


INSIDE THE NUMBERS 
Josh Cunningham led Dayton with 28 points and has now scored in double figures in eight of the nine games he has been active for.
Cunningham’s 28 points are the most scored by a Flyer this season.
Cunningham also led the team in rebounds with eight.
Obi Toppin scored 22 points and was a perfect 11-for-11 from the field, which tied a UD record for most shots made in a game without a miss. The only other player to do so was Mike Sylvester, who matched the 11-for-11 mark on Feb. 23, 1974 against Xavier.
Toppin’s 11-for-11 mark also tied the Atlantic 10 Conference mark for most shots made without a miss.  Rhode Island’s Kenny Gree did it in the 1987-88 season.
Toppin entered the game ranked fifth in the country in field goal percentage with a .698 FG% and now boasts a mark of .735 from the field, which would rank second in the country entering Wednesday.
Jalen Crutcher led the team in assists with a season-high nine helpers; several of which were on alley-oops to Toppin, who routinely converted on the other end with a dunk.
In fact, six of Toppin’s 11 field goals came on dunks.
Dayton shot 17-for-19 (89%) from the free throw line, while Western Michigan shot 9-of-13 (73%).
The Flyers had a 60% field goal percentage on 32-of-53 shooting, while the Broncos shot 48%, converting 27 shots on 56 attempts.
  
UP NEXT 
Dayton has three more straight home games on the schedule, continuing with Presbyterian on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. (ET).
The homestand also includes the Atlantic 10 Conference opener against Richmond on Jan. 6 at noon.

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