Dayton beats Duquesne to finish regular season with 21-10 mark

Flyers will be the No. 3 seed in A-10 tournament

The Dayton Flyers continued their excellent play on the road, beating Duquesne 78-67 in the final game of the regular season Saturday at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Dayton led throughout the second half but saw the Dukes climb within four points with 7:33 to play. The Flyers put the game away in the final three-plus minutes, outscoring the Dukes 10-3.

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Obi Toppin led Dayton with 19 points. Ryan Mikesell had 17 points. Jalen Crutcher scored 16.

Dayton posted a 21-10 regular-season record. That's a seven-win improvement over last season. It finished 13-5 in the A-10 and will be the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. It was 7-2 on the road in the conference and 6-3 at home. It's the first time it has ever had a better road record than home record in conference play.

Dayton will play No. 6 seed Saint Louis, No. 11 seed Richmond or No. 14 seed Fordham at 8:30 p.m. March 15 in the quarterfinals of the A-10 tournament.


The Flyers outscored Duquesne 15-7 in the last eight minutes to take a 37-29 halftime lead Saturday at the.

The game was tied at 22-22 when the Flyers took control. A layup by Trey Landers with 2:26 to play gave them their biggest lead of the half, 37-26.

Dayton shot 53 percent from the field. Duquesne shot 43 percent.

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Jalen Crutcher led the Flyers with eight points. Ryan Mikesell scored seven. All seven players who saw action scored.

Dayton had a 20-12 rebounding advantage. The Flyers made 3 of 13 3-pointers. Duquesne made 1 of 13.

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