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Dayton rallies from early deficit to beat St. Louis Billikens, 70-62




The play of guard Jalen Crutcher (l) and center Obi Toppin (r) led Dayton to huge A-10 win ( photo)

The Flyers Pulled Away In The Second Half Behind A Strong Effort From Behind The Arc

DAYTON – Held to 22 points in the first half, the University of Dayton men’s basketball team scored 48 points in the second to defeat the Saint Louis Billikens at UD Arena Saturday afternoon, 70-62.

Jalen Crutcher led the way for the Flyers with 17 points, shooting 4-of-8 from three-point range.

The four 3-pointers tied a season high for Crutcher. Dayton improves to 18-9 on the season and 10-4 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. Saint Louis falls to 17-10 on the season and 8-6 in the A-10.


First Half: Dayton 22, Saint Louis 21

·        The game unfolded as a defensive battle during the half.

·        The Flyers struggled from the field early and Saint Louis jumped out to a 19-9 lead halfway through the first half.

·        Redshirt freshman Obi Toppin tied the Flyers’ single-season dunk record with his 66th dunk of the season at the 5:16 mark.

·        Down 19-9, the Flyers went on a 7-0 run to cut the Saint Louis lead to three.

·        Jalen Crutcher’s three gave the Flyers a 22-21 lead going into the half, their first since leading 5-4.

Final: Dayton 70, Saint. Louis 62

·        Dayton scored on its first six possessions of the half, taking a 36-32 lead at the first media timeout.

·        Dayton made 6-of-7 three-point attempts to start the half.

·        The lead remained steady for the next few minutes, as both teams traded baskets.

·        Trey Landers’ free throws gave the Flyers their first double-digit lead at 52-42.

·        Saint Louis did not get closer than five after the eight-minute mark.

·        Crutcher’s and Toppin’s back-to-back layups pushed the lead to 66-56 with 1:41 to play.

·        Dayton scored 48 of its 70 points and made 16 of its 24 field goals in the half.

·        UD outrebounded SLU 16-11 in the second half after losing the battle in the first half.


·        Jalen Crutcher scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half.

·        Four different Flyers — Crutcher, Josh Cunningham (13 points), Ryan Mikesell (12) and Obi Toppin (11) — scored in double figures for the game.

·        UD outscored the Billikens 12-4 on second chance opportunities.

·        In the second half, Dayton shot 16-of-24 (66.7 percent) from the field.

·       Dayton made just one of its first seven three-point attempts, but then made nine of its last 15, including seven of 11 (63.6% in the second half.

·        Toppin finished with a double-double, his fifth of the season.

·        Josh Cunningham finish 5-of-5 from the field. This was the second consecutive game Cunningham was perfect from the floor and he has made 11 straight baskets dating back to the Davidson game.


·        Dayton travels to Amherst, Mass. on Tuesday, February 26 to take on Massachusetts. The game will be streamed on ESPN+ and will be broadcast on WHIO radio.

·       UD’s next home game is Friday, March 1 against Rhode Island at 7 p.m. ET.


Flyers upset Davidson on road in key A-10 contest; Cunningham late free throw seals game



Dayton’s 74-73 Road Win Snapped Davidson’s 17-Game Home Winning Streak


Josh Cunningham

Davidson, N.C. – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team went on the road at defeated Davidson by a score of 74-73 on Tuesday night. Josh Cunningham knocked down a free throw after drawing a foul on a shot attempt with the score tied at 73-73 and 2.2 seconds remaining to give Dayton the win. The Flyers improve to 17-9 (9-4 A-10) with the victory, while the loss drops Davidson to 19-7 (10-3 A-10) on the year.



First Half: Dayton 37, Davidson 25

·        Davidson’s Luka Brajkovic started the game off with a dunk to give the Wildcats the first lead, but Ryan Mikesell made a 3-pointer to put Dayton ahead 3-2 and the Flyers would hold onto the lead for the remainder of the half.

·        Mikesell, Jordan Davis and Obi Toppin all connected from behind the arc in the game’s opening minutes to give Dayton an early 9-4 lead over Davidson heading into the first media timeout.

·        Another Mikesell 3-pointer put Dayton ahead 25-15 at the 6:49 mark, the first double-digit lead of the game.

·        Dayton led 29-22 with 4:27 to play in the first half and Josh Cunningham scored the final eight points of the half for the Flyers to give UD a 37-25 lead heading into halftime.

Final: Dayton 74, Davidson 73

·        Kellan Grady made a pair of free throws at the 15:39 mark to cut Dayton’s lead back to single digits for the first time of the half at 48-39, but Jalen Crutcher converted an old-fashioned 3-point play the following possession to push the lead back to 12.

·        Dayton would maintain its lead at 10 or more points for nearly 10 minutes, as Davidson didn’t cut the deficit within 10 again until Kellan Grady made a layup that made the score 66-57 with 5:13 remaining.

·        Obi Toppin made two free throws with 2:41 to play to make the score 71-64 at the 2:41 mark, but Davidson would go on a 7-0 scoring run, capped by a Grady dunk, to tie the game at 71-all with 1:11 to play.

·        Toppin snapped the Wildcat scoring run with a tip-in off his own miss to give Dayton a 73-71 lead with 34 seconds left, but Davidson answered, as Jon Axel Gudmundsson tied it back up on a layup with 11 seconds on the clock.

·        Josh Cunningham knocked down a free throw after taking a great pass from Jalen Crutcher and drawing a foul on a layup attempt with the score tied at 73-73 and 2.2 seconds remaining to give Dayton the win.

·        Davidson threw up a desperation 3-pointer as time expired, but it bounced off the rim.



·        The loss for Davidson snapped a 17-game home winning streak for the Wildcats.

·        Josh Cunningham (21 points), Obi Toppin (18), Jordan Davis (15) and Ryan Mikesell (10) all scored in double figures for the Flyers.

·        Toppin also added a team-high 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.

·        The 12 boards also matched Toppin’s career best.

·        Cunningham’s 21 points were the most for the redshirt senior since he scored 25 against Richmond on Jan. 6.

·        Davis knocked down a team-best four 3-pointers, which is the fifth time he has reached or surpassed that mark this season.


Westerville North grad, current Wright State Raiders star Symone Simmons named Women’s Basketball Horizon League Player of the Week




Symone Simmons

















Symone Simmons was honored by the Horizon League for her impressive performance this weekend at home. The senior posted back-to-back double-doubles this week in the Raider victories over Cleveland State and Youngstown State. Simmons posted 14 points and 14 rebounds in Friday’s victory over the Vikings and followed that performance up by posting a career-high 21 rebounds along with 10 points on Sunday.

Coach Katrina Merriweather commented, “That’s just Symone, she is going to show up and give everything she has. I think that people make a concentrated effort to keep her off the boards, but with her relentlessness, she can’t be stopped.”

Earlier this season, she added “Even when she doesn’t get the rebound, her presence allows her teammates to get them as the other team is focused on her. There’s no way we would be where we are right now without her. She has the ability to get to the rim, make the mid-range jumper, and knock down the three. You have to respect every part of her game, or she will hurt you.”

This season, Simmons is shooting a career best from the field and is averaging nearly 10 rebounds per game, also a career high.

The all-time school record holder in rebounds is now just 10 points away from 1,000 career points and eight rebounds away from 1,000 career rebounds, and will become the first Wright State  basketball player (men’s or women’s) to record 1,000 points and rebounds.  She will look to reach those marks this weekend as the first-place Raiders wrap up the regular season against Detroit Mercy and Oakland.

Raiders Men’s & Women’s teams get set to host Horizon League Tournament game



Ervin J. Nutter Center, home of Raiders Basketball

Saturday’s win for the Wright State men’s basketball team clinched a top-four seed in the upcoming Horizon League post-season tournament.  That means the men and the women will host a home quarterfinal game on Tuesday, March 5.  The women will play first at 5:30, followed by the men at 8:00.  Doors will open at 4:30.

Tickets for the double-header are $10 for Premium seats (first 12 rows) and $5 for all other seat locations. Parking in lots 1 and 2 will be open to all fans, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Click here to buy your tickets.  All Wright State students with a valid Wright1 ID card will receive one free ticket to the games.

Quarterfinal games will be hosted by schools that finish in the top four in the Horizon League standings.  Semi-final and final games will be held at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit on March 11 and 12.

Please contact the Athletics Ticket Office (937-775-4934 or if you have any questions.


Wright State sweeps 5-game homestand with blowout win over Youngstown State Penguins; Senior Day a success




The Wright State men’s basketball team took care of business on Senior Day Saturday afternoon as they defeated Youngstown State 82-54 at the WSU Nutter Center, clinching a home game in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament on March 5.  The Raiders are now 18-11, 12-4 and have won six straight games and 10 of the last 11.  It also marked the fourth straight game scoring 81 or more points.  YSU drops to 12-18, 8-9.

Loudon Love led the way with his career-high 26 points while Youngstown, OH native Mark Hughes ended with four threes for 14 points, and Cole Gentry pitched in 12 points.  Freshman Malachi Smith continued his strong contributions with seven rebounds and seven assists with three steals.  WSU shot 49% from the field overall but connected at a 58% rate in the first half.

First Half
Youngstown State controlled the tip and scored first, but the Raider stormed back and never looked back.  WSU took the lead 5-4 at 18:40 and did not trail again, leading as much as 25 points with 43 seconds remaining.  The Raiders went to the locker room ahead 49-27, led by Hughes 12 points and Love’s 11.  Hughes hit four three pointers in the first 20 minutes but WSU was active inside as well with 18 points coming in the paint.  YSU had nine turnovers with WSU scoring 12 points as a result.

Second Half
The second period was much of the same but the Penguins did cut the WSU’s lead to 17 at 13:14.  The Raiders pressed the gas once again, going up by 30 with five minutes to go and finished the game with an 82-54 decision.  Love scored 15 points in the final 20 minutes as the Raiders shot 40% from the field.  Every Raider player scored in the game as James Manns came off the bench for five points late.  Wright State once again scored 18 points inside.

Nagy Said
“The last three games, we’ve shot the ball well.  If we shoot it well, it opens things up for Loudon and that showed tonight.  Shooting well makes us hard to guard.”

Next Up
The Raiders hit the road to play at Green Bay Thursday night and at Milwaukee Saturday night to end the regular season.

For ticket information, click here or call 937-775-4934.

Follow the Raiders
Fans can listen to Chris Collins and Jim Brown make the call of each game on Big 106.5 FM and the iHeart App.  The iHeart app is easy to download and use.  Just go to the App Store for Android or iPhones and select the iHeart App for free.  Once it’s downloaded, you can search and bookmark Big 106.5 for the games and WONE 980 AM for the shows.  It’s that simple, and you won’t miss a minute of the action.  Visit for the latest news and information on the men’s basketball program. Fans also can follow the program on its social media outlets by searching ‘@WSU_MBB’ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Coaches Shows at Flyboys
The Wright State men’s and women’s Coaches Shows will return March 4 at Flyboys Deli in the Fairfield Mall.  Men’s head coach Scott Nagy will be on at 6 pm.  Women’s coach Katrina Merriweather will be on at 5:30 pm.  Fans can come by for delicious food or tune in WONE, 980 AM or use the iHeart App.  It will also be streamed live through

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