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Archive for January 6th, 2019

Dayton Flyers players Cunningham, Toppin, earn Atlantic 10 honors

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY DOUG HAUSCHILD; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Josh Cunningham

Obi Toppin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – University of Dayton forwards Josh Cunningham and Obi Toppin have both earned weekly honors for their performances in Dayton’s 94-90 win over Georgia Southern on Saturday.  Cunningham was named A-10 Co-Player of the Week, while Toppin was picked Co-Rookie of the Week.

 

Cunningham scored 25 points, grabbed six rebounds and matched his career high with five assists in the win, which was Dayton’s eighth in 13 games.  The redshirts senior co-captain from Chicago made 10 of 14 shots and was also five-for-seven from the free throw line.  Cunningham is just 12 points away from 1,000 in his career (260 at Bradley, and 728 so far at Dayton).

 

Toppin, a redshirt freshman from Ossining, N.Y., had 22 points for the third time in his young career.  He made nine of 10 field goals in the GSU win, and on his only miss, he grabbed the rebound falling away from the basket and slammed it home with a one-handed tomahawk jam.  Toppin is second in the nation in overall field goal percentage (.733, 77-105).

 

Cunningham and Toppin are two of the four Dayton players averaging double figures.  Cunningham leads at 16.0, Jalen Crutcher is second (14.1), Toppin third (13.4) and Trey Landers fourth (10.5).  Toppin and Landers are both in the top five of field goal percentage in the Atlantic 10.  Cunningham is shooting .654 (70-107).

 

The Flyer duo shared conference honors with Grant Golden (co-player) and Jake Wojcik (co-rookie) of Richmond.  Oddly enough, all four could be on Tom Blackburn Court next Sunday when the Flyers and Spiders both open their respective Atlantic 10 seasons at UD Arena.  Game time is 12 noon p.m. ET.

 

UD Arena awaits its 10 Millionth Fan for today’s game with the Richmond Spiders

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY DOUG HAUSCHILD; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

UD Arena outside 2007 photo By Adam Sonnett, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

UD Arena before fans show up (megasportsnews.com photo)

DAYTON — The University of Dayton Flyers will begin its 24th season in the Atlantic 10 Conference on Sunday, Jan. 6 when Richmond visits Tom Blackburn Court.  Game time is 12 noon ET.  Dayton is 8-5 this season with wins in its last three games.  UD’s losses are to teams with a combined record of 56-7.  Four of the teams are ranked.

 

The game will be carried by WHIO Radio, and televised by NBC Sports Network.  Streaming audio, streaming video and stats will be available at DaytonFlyers.com.

 

THE NEARLY-TRANSFORMED UD ARENA

The University of Dayton is past the halfway point of a $72 million renovation of its Arena. The transformation of University of Dayton Arena will occur in three phases – from 2017 to 2019.

Phase II included new entrances on three of the four sides, a new box office, new seats in the 300 and 400 levels on the east side and a new and expanded concourse on the east side.

 

#TRENDING

•          The 10 millionth fan to attend a Flyer men’s basketball game at UD Arena will step through the turnstiles at the Richmond game.  UD will be 10th school to cross the 10 million mark.  The others are Butler, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, Syracuse and Vanderbilt.

•          Dayton got half of its points from big men Josh Cunningham (25) and Obi Toppin (22) in last Saturday’s 94-90 win over Georgia Southern.

•          Both Cunningham (Co-Player) and Toppin (Co-Rookie) earned weekly honors from the Atlantic 10 for their performances.  Interestingly, they shared the awards with Grant Golden and Jack Wojcik of Richmond, and the quartet, along with the rest of their teammates, will open A-10 play against each other.

•          Toppin is currently second nationally in field goal percentage (.733, 77-105).

•          Dayton is seventh in the NCAA and leads the Atlantic 10 Conference in FG% (.512, 373-729).  UD is the only team with two players in the A-10 top five (Toppin and Cunningham).

•          The Flyers are shooting .590 (102-173) over their last three games.

•          Jalen Crutcher is the only player in the A-10’s top five in assists (2nd, 5.9) and 3-pt. FG% (4th, .438, 35-80), assist-to-turnover ratio (3rd, 2.5) and minutes (5th, 35.5).

•          Crutcher was Dayton’s top performer at the Battle4Atlantis, reaching double figures all three games, and averaging 15.0 points and 5.2 assists per contest.  UD was fourth at the B4A.

•          Dayton had a team-record 12 dunks in UD’s 98-59 win over Detroit Mercy and Toppin set a UD record with eight dunks in the game.

•          Trey Landers leads UD in rebounding (8.0).  He is second in the A-10, and as a 6-foot-5 guard, is the shortest member of the A-10 Top Five.

 

UP NEXT

•          The Flyers go on the road at GW on Jan. 9, and then return home for UMass on Jan. 13.

•          The Massachusetts game is Dayton’s annual Hall of Fame Game.  Tip-Off is 3:30 p.m. ET.