Flyers soar to 19th straight win 84-57 over Rhode Island


Dayton’s Trey Landers (3) scores basket past the defense of Rhode Island’s Jeff Dowtin (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Kingston, R.I. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — Obi Toppin scored 20 points and Trey Landers had 14 points and 14 rebounds for No. 3 Dayton on Wednesday night to lead the Flyers to their 19th straight win, 84-57 over Rhode Island.

Dayton (28-2, 17-0 Atlantic 10) matched its 1951-52 team for the school record in wins, and with a victory over George Washington on Saturday it would finish unbeaten in conference play for the first time in program history.

Jeff Dowtin scored 16 points for Rhode Island (20-9, 12-5), which has lost four of six after running off a 10-game winning streak.

Toppin had four dunks, including a windmill slam that made it a 19-point lead with 10 minutes remaining. When the teams met at Dayton on Feb. 11, Toppin had a similar dunk over his brother, Jacob, a Rhode Island freshman.

But the younger sibling got a small bit of payback, blocking one of his brother’s dunk attempts (though drawing a foul in the process). Jacob Toppin finished with five points and seven rebounds for the Rams.


Dayton: The Flyers avoided the upsets that have hit many of the top-five teams this season and remain on track for a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

URI: Fell to 0-2 vs. ranked teams this year.


Dayton: Finishes the regular season at home against George Washington on Saturday.

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