The Dayton Flyers rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half to beat Duquesne 68-64 on Saturday at UD Arena without their top scorer on the floor.
Josh Cunningham left the game with 17:59 remaining and didn’t return. He finished with three points on 1-of-6 shooting and 10 rebounds in 17 minutes.
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Cunningham wasn’t hurt. Coach Anthony Grant stuck with a group that included Obi Toppin, who scored a career-high 26 points and played a career-high 34 minutes.
“I felt like the group we had on the floor had the energy and effort we needed today in the second half,” Grant said. “We’ve talked about this all year. This is a team for us that on different nights different guys are going to step up and have opportunities. They support each other. They understand that’s a part of the game. Every night’s not going to be your night, and when other guys are doing it, you’ve got to understand and support them and be there for them. … We’re playing a lot of different styles, a lot of different matchups. On some nights, it’s just different guys. That’s what it was tonight.”
Recruiting news: Posh Alexander, a four-star recruit in the class of 2020, sat behind the Dayton bench on Saturday.
Alexander, a 5-foot-11 guard, is a junior at Our Saviour Lutheran School in Bronx, N.Y. He ranks 75th in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports.com. Rivals.com ranks him 77th in the nation.
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Alexander shared photos on Instagram of him touring the Dayton locker room at the Donoher Center at UD Arena.
Dayton offered Alexander a scholarship in July 2017. He also has offers from Seton Hall, Penn State, St. John’s, Illinois and others.
Alexander broke his arm earlier this season and will miss the rest of the season.
Looking ahead: Dayton plays at Saint Louis at 9 p.m. Tuesday. The Billikens (14-7, 5-3) took a three-game losing streak into a Saturday game at Rhode Island.
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Around the A-10: Davidson (16-5, 7-1) moved into a first-place tie with George Mason (13-8, 7-1) by beating St. Bonaventure 75-66 on Friday in Olean, N.Y. Kellan Grady scored 29 points as the Wildcats rallied from a 44-34 halftime deficit.
In its last 10 A-10 games, Davidson plays only team, Dayton, currently above .500 in conference play. Dayton plays at Davidson on Feb. 19.
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