Cook leads Dayton to second victory against Big Ten team

Dayton huddles before a game against Toledo on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Credit: David Jablonski

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Dayton huddles before a game against Toledo on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Credit: David Jablonski

Credit: David Jablonski

Flyers go 1-1 in Florida event and improve to 4-2 overall

Makira Cook scored 21 points to lead the Dayton Flyers to a 67-53 victory against Illinois on Friday at the Daytona Beach Invitational at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Dayton bounced back after losing the first game in the event 65-54 to Mississippi State on Thursday. The Flyers (4-2) improved to 2-0 against the Big Ten this season. They beat Purdue 78-62 on Saturday.

Illinois (3-2) entered the game with victories against North Carolina Central, the Miami RedHawks and UC Riverside and a loss to Southern Illinois Edwardsville.

Jenna Giacone scored 17 points for Dayton. Erin Whalen had nine.

Dayton opened the game with a 6-0 run and led 22-14 after the first quarter. It pushed the lead to 30-16 before Illinois rallied, outscoring Dayton 14-2 in the final 4:31 of the half. It was a back-and-forth game for much of the third quarter, but Dayton went on a 10-1 run to end the quarter and led 52-42 after three quarters. Illinois got no closer than eight points in the final quarter.

Dayton won, in part, by making 12 of 23 3-pointers (52.2 percent). It did not top 30 percent in its previous four games.

Dayton returns to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Florida A&M at UD Arena. The Rattlers (0-3) also play the Ohio Bobcats in Athens on Monday.

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