No one in the Atlantic 10 Conference has duplicated the game plan George Washington had against the Dayton Flyers — or more specifically against Josh Cunningham. The Colonials held Cunningham to six points and one field-goal attempt on Jan. 6, though the Flyers rallied for a 72-66 victory.
Since then, Cunningham has hit double figures every game with his typical efficiency. He made 6 of 9 field goals and scored 15 points, while also grabbing 11 rebounds Saturday in a 75-52 victory against Fordham at Rose Hill Gym. He's shooting 65.5 percent from the field. That ranks fourth in the A-10.
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As strong as Cunningham is around the basket, Dayton should probably be getting him even more shots, but it was hard to argue with his production in this game.
“It really has (been tough to get going),” Cunningham said, “but this game, I was able to do something for my teammates.”
Dayton connection: Fordham freshman guard Nick Honor struggled in this game with 10 points on 4-of-18 shooting, but he has been one of the best freshman in the conference. He entered the game with a team-best 16.1 scoring average.
Honor played with Dayton legend Bucky Bockhorn’s grandson and namesake, Arlen Bockhorn, at Lake Highland Prep in Orlando, Fla.
Famous fans: London Warren, who played for the Flyers from 2006-10, scoring 532 points, attended the game. It's the second time he has seen the Flyers this season. He was also at Dayton's game against Tulsa in Connecticut.
Brian Frank, a graduate assistant on Archie Miller’s staff for Miller’s last three seasons, also attended the game and sat behind the bench.
Looking ahead: Dayton plays St. Joseph's at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Hawks (9-10, 2-5) played a non-conference game against Penn on Saturday night.
St. Joseph’s is the only A-10 team to beat Davidson (15-5, 6-1), which shared first place in the conference with George Mason as of Saturday afternoon. The Hawks beat the Wildcats 61-60 on Jan. 15 after an 0-4 start in league play.
Around the A-10: Davidson (15-5, 6-1) beat preseason favorite Saint Louis 54-53 in St. Louis on Saturday. Jordan Goodwin, of the Billikens, missed two free throws after being fouled with 0.4 seconds to play.
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Jon Axel Gudmundsson made the tying and go-ahead free throws with five seconds left after Saint Louis took a 53-52 lead on a 3-pointer by Dion Wiley with 14 seconds to play. Saint Louis (14-6, 5-2) fell into a four-way tie for second place with Virginia Commonwealth, Duquesne and Dayton.
• VCU (14-6, 5-2) won 80-74 at Duquesne (14-6, 5-2). The Rams broke open a close game with an 11-2 run starting midway through the second half.
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