Dayton routs Presbyterian for second straight win

Jalen Crutcher leads three players in double figures as Flyers move to 7-5

The Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team head into the holiday with a little extra cheer.

Dayton coasted to a 81-69 win over Presbyterian College on Saturday at UD Arena and now gets a well-earned break before the next game Dec. 29 at home against Georgia Southern.

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The Flyers (7-5) were playing their third game in seven days but didn’t show any signs of fatigue. They jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first three minutes and 15 seconds and built up a 45-17 cushion going into halftime, buoyed by 76 percent shooting while limiting the Blue Hose to 18.8 percent shooting.

Dayton finished the first half on a 21-4 run over the final eight minutes, including an 8-0 run sparked by Jalen Crutcher’s 3-pointer, steal and layup.

Presbyterian (6-7) trailed by as many as 29 points early in the second half and cut the gap down to 14 points with six minutes left, but couldn’t get enough momentum going to move much closer.

Three players reached double digits in scoring for Dayton, led by Crutcher’s 19 points and Jordan Davis’ 18 points. Trey Landers posted his sixth double-double of the season, finishing with 15 points and 14 rebounds, as the Flyers got 48 of their points in the paint.

Adam Flagler and Francois Lewis each had 20 points to lead Presbyterian.

Dayton began the week with a 72-67 loss to Tulsa in the Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase in Connecticut on Sunday, followed by a home win over Western Michigan on Wednesday. The next game against Georgia Southern continues a four-game homestand, which concludes with the Atlantic-10 opener Jan. 6 against Richmond.

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