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#7 Dayton wins tough road game at Richmond, Saturday, 87-79

Jalen Crutcher Leads The Flyers With Career-High 24 Points

 

RICHMOND, Va, – The No. 7 University of Dayton men’s basketball team continued nine-game win streak Saturday with 87-79 road victory over the Richmond Spiders. The Flyers remain undefeated in Atlantic 10 Conference play this season.

Dayton improved to 7-0 in conference and 18-2 overall. Richmond fell to 5-2 in conference and 15-5 overall.

Jalen Crutcher, Mr. Clutch for Dayton all season

The Flyers were led by Jalen Crutcher with a career-high 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting, 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, while adding eight rebounds and seven assists. Obi Toppin added 24 points and 12 rebounds, while blocking a career-high four blocks. Two additional Flyers scored in double-digits during the game – Ibi Watson (14 points) and Ryan Mikesell (10).

GAME BREAKDOWN
1st Half: Dayton 40, Richmond 32
• The Flyers took an early lead in the game, going on a 9-2 run when Obi ToppinRyan Mikesell and Jalen Crutcher all made three-point buckets.
• The Spiders responded by going on a 7-2 run to cut the Flyers’ lead to 11-9.
• Richmond then went on a 13-9 run to take their first lead of the game before Toppin scored to tie the game 22-22 with 8:16 left in the half.
• Dayton was able to reclaim the lead when Dwayne Cohill made a pair of free throws; Richmond responded by hitting back-to-back threes to give the Spiders a four-point lead.
• The Flyers then went on a 9-0 run over 3:24 to take a five-point lead with 3:33 left to play in the half. The run was finished off by a pair of dunks from Obi Toppin.
• Dayton finished the half by out-scoring Richmond 7-4 to take an eight-point lead.
• The Flyers were led by Toppin in the half with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting and five rebounds; Crutcher also finished the half in double-digits with 10 points.
• Dayton finished the half shooting 53.6% from the field, while holding Richmond to 37.5%; the Flyers shot 42% from behind the arc in the first half.
• Dayton out-rebounded the Spiders 20-14, largely due to Toppin and Mikesell bringing in five rebounds each.
• The Flyers’ bench outscored the Spiders’ 10-2.
• Dayton held the lead for 15:41 of the half, with the game being tied for 1:48

2nd Half: Dayton 87, Richmond 79
• After Richmond scored the first basket of the half, Flyers went on a 12-0 run as the Spiders were unable to score from the 18:34 mark to the 13:25 mark, to extend the lead to 52-34.
• The Spiders responded with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 52-40.
• Dayton came back on a 9-2 run, with Toppin scoring the first four points of the run.
• Richmond went on a 21-10 run to cut the Flyers lead to eight points before Crutcher hit a three-pointer followed by a Trey Landers bucket that brought the Flyers lead back to 13 points with 2:47 left to play.
• The Spiders finished the game by going on a 16-11 run.
• Crutcher led the Flyers with 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting, 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, and four rebounds in the half. Toppin also scored in double-digits with 11 points during the half.
• Dayton shot 14-of-26 (53.8%) for the half while holding Richmond to 40.5% from the field.
• The Flyers outrebounded the Spiders 21-17 in the second half; Toppin brought in seven rebounds with Landers following behind him with six.
• The Dayton bench continued to out-score Richmond’s bench 11-5 in the half.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Jalen Crutcher finished with a career-high 24 points while adding in eight rebounds and seven assists. That is his fourth straight game with 20 points.
• Toppin recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
• Watson (14) and Mikesell (10) joined Crutcher and Toppin in double figures.
• The Flyers shot 29-of-54 (54%) from the field compared to just 27-of-69 (39%) for the Spiders.
• Toppin also finished with a career-high four blocks on the game, as the Flyers combined for eight blocks.
• Eight different Flyers scored during the game.
• The Flyers bench contributed 21 points compared to the Spiders’ seven; Ibi Watson scored 14 points off the bench.
• Dayton outrebounded Richmond 41-31 during the game largely due to Toppin’s 12 rebounds; Crutcher followed him with a season-high eight rebounds.
• Dayton led for 35:40 of the game.
• Every Atlantic 10 team that the Flyers have played this season has either had zero or one losses before the Flyers have played them.

 

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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