DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team won for the fifth straight time, taking down Northern Illinois 79-41 at UD Arena on Saturday. The win puts the Flyers at 6-3 this season, while the Huskies drop to 2-6 with the loss.

Redshirt junior Elijah Weaver led the team with 16 points, tying his career-high while making six of seven shots he took in the game. Freshman DaRon Holmes II finished with 14 points also going 6-for-7 from the field. Redshirt freshman Koby Brea knocked down four three-point baskets, while freshman Lynn Greer III set career highs with six rebounds and four assists.

GAME BREAKDOWN

 1st Half: Dayton 41, Northern Illinois 22

·         Holmes II scored the first points of the game for Dayton, marking the third time this season he has been the first Flyer to score.

·         Dayton jumped out to an early 9-0 lead forcing an NIU timeout.  Four different Flyers scored baskets during the stretch.

·         The Huskies were held to just two points in the first four minutes missing six of their first seven shots.

·         Dayton made eight of their first 10 shots and led 18-2 after six minutes of play. 

·         The lead was extended to 24-11 with 7:56 remaining as Koby Brea made the Flyer’s first three of the contest.

·         Dunks by RJ Blakney and Holmes II put Dayton up 35-18 with 3:24 left.  Holmes II started the game converting on his first five shots.

·         The Flyers led by 19 at halftime, marking their largest halftime lead of the season.

·         Eight different Flyers scored in the first half, with Holmes II leading all scorers with 12.

·         The Flyers made 14 of 15 two-point baskets in the first half which represented the team’s best half inside the three-point line this season.

·         The Dayton defense held strong against the Huskies in the first half, holding Northern Illinois to just one made three on seven attempts.

2nd Half: Dayton 79, Northern Illinois 41

·         Dayton continued the momentum into the second half, opening the second 20 minutes on a 5-0 run.

·         Northern Illinois responded with a 6-0 run of its own.

·         Dayton responded with a 14-5 run using four three-point baskets, three of which came from Koby Brea.

·         The lead was extended to 71-33 with 8:11 left as Dayton went on a 17-0 run that featured nine straight points by Elijah Weaver.

·         The two teams traded baskets down the stretch, resulting in the 79-41 final score.

·         Eleven different Flyers scored in the contest, including Zimi Nwokeji, who scored his first two points of the season in the win.

·         Weaver scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half.

·         Brea also added nine of his 12 points in the final 20 minutes of the contest.

·         Moulaye Sissoko tallied all eight of his team-high rebounds in the second half.

 INSIDE THE NUMBERS

·         Four Flyers hit double digits — Elijah Weaver (16), DaRon Holmes II (14), Koby Brea (12), and Malachi Smith (11).

·         At least three Flyers have reached double figures in each of Dayton’s last eight games.

·         The 41 points scored by Northern Illinois marked the fewest the Dayton defense has allowed since Nov. 29, 2014, against Illinois-Chicago (.

·         The Flyers assisted on 18 of the 31 field goals, Northern Illinois had seven total assists in the game.

·         The Flyers had 44 bench points compared to 27 by the Huskies.

·         During the five-game winning streak, Dayton has outscored opponents by a combined 96 points.

·         UD shot 90 percent from the free throw line against Northern Illinois, while the Huskies shot just 50 percent from the charity stripe.

·         Twelve different Flyers saw at least five minutes of action, with no one surpassing 24 minutes played in the contest.

UP NEXT

·         Dayton will head to Dallas for a game at SMU on Dec. 8th.

·         The team will be back at UD Arena on Sunday, Dec. 12th for a matchup with Virginia Tech.  The Tech game tips at 2 p.m. ET.