Obi Toppin injury overshadows Dayton Flyers victory against UMass

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Anthony Grant: Defense set tone in win over UMass

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Flyers win their fifth straight with six players in double figures

An injury to Obi Toppin marred an otherwise perfect day at UD Arena for the Dayton Flyers and their fans.

Toppin appeared to roll his left ankle in the second half and left the game. He returned to the bench in the final minutes with a protective boot on the ankle but said, “It’s good,” as he headed to the locker room after No. 15 Dayton’s 88-60 victory against Massachusetts on Saturday.

Toppin scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Five other Flyers scored in double figures: Ryan Mikesell (15); Trey Landers (13); Jalen Crutcher (12); Ibi Watson (11); and Rodney Chatman (11).

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Dayton improved to 14-2 and 3-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference with its fifth straight victory.

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Highlights: Dayton Flyers open game with 27-7 run vs. UMass

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HALFTIME RECAP

The Flyers opened the game on a 14-2 run and dominated the rest of the half, building a 48-22 halftime lead in their A-10 home opener at UD Arena.

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Dayton built its largest halftime lead of the season. It led La Salle by 22 at halftime two games ago. It has not trailed at halftime this season and most of the time has held double-digit leads, though it was tied at halftime with Saint Joseph’s in its previous game.

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Toppin led the Flyers with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Ryan Mikesell and Jalen Crutcher scored eight each. Mikesell had eight rebounds.

Dayton shot 58.8 percent from the field and held UMass to 26.1 percent shooting. The Minutemen committed 12 turnovers.