Dayton Flyers dominate second half to rout Houston Baptist

Johnson, Landers, Toppin among offensive leaders

Five players scored in double figures as the No. 19 Dayton Flyers routed Houston Baptist 99-68 on Tuesday at UD Arena, improving to 6-1 in their first game as a ranked team.

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Chase Johnson scored a career-high 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting. Obi Toppin had 17 points and 10 rebounds despite sitting most of the last 10 minutes.

Trey Landers scored a season-high 16 points. Jalen Crutcher and Ibi Watson each had 12. Rodney Chatman led the team with seven assists.

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Jordy Tshimanga, who missed the first three home games with a knee injury, had eight points and five rebounds in his first game at UD Arena.

Dayton shot 59 percent from the field and held Houston Baptist (0-6) to 39 percent shooting.

The Flyers return to action at 4 p.m. Sunday against Saint Mary’s in Phoenix.


Toppin scored 13 points to lead the Flyers to a 49-42 halftime lead.

In their first game since the Maui Invitational last week, the Flyers got off to a slow start against one of the nation’s last winless teams. Houston Baptist led 20-11 at the 14:11 mark.

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Dayton trailed 35-30 when it took control with a 10-0 run. Jhery Matos hit two 3-pointers in that stretch.

Each team shot 56 percent from the field in the first half. Houston Baptist made 5 of 8 3-pointers.

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Jalon Gates, who entered the game with a 17.8 scoring average, scored 16 in the half for the Huskies.

Tshimanga made his UD Arena debut and appeared in his third Dayton game. He had four points in the half.

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