Toppin led the Flyers with 20 points. Jalen Crutcher scored 20. Trey Landers had 16, and Ibi Watson added 13.
Dayton won its sixth straight game and ended a four-game losing streak in the series against VCU. This was Dayton’s first win against the Rams since January 2018.
Dayton outscored Virginia Commonwealth 12-2 in the last four minutes of the first half to build a 38-33 halftime lead.
UD has not trailed at halftime all season. It trailed 31-26 after a free-throw by Isaac Vann with 4:48 to play. A layup by Crutcher with 3:20 to play started the 12-2 run.
Crutcher led Dayton with 14 points in the half. Toppin scored 11. Watson scored nine.
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Nah’Shon Hyland scored 12 for VCU but picked up his third foul late in the half.
Dayton shot 45.2 percent from the field. VCU shot 50 percent. Dayton outscored VCU 11-2 at the free-throw line. The teams combined for 17 turnovers in an often-sloppy half.
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