Dayton Flyers dominate second half to rout Houston Baptist

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Grant: Dayton shows 'mental toughness' after slow start vs. Houston Baptist

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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.

HALFTIME RECAP

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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