Dayton's Obi Toppin dunks against Massachusetts on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass.
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Dayton Flyers rout UMass for first regular-season win in Amherst since 2004

Toppin, Cunningham combine for 37 points against short-handed UMass

Obi Toppin led the Flyers with 19 points. Josh Cunningham added 18. Jordan Davis scored 13. Jalen Crutcher had 10.

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Dayton (19-9, 11-4) won its third straight game and remains in third place in the Atlantic 10 Conference with three games to play. UMass, which was playing without five injured players, three of whom started in a 72-67 loss at Dayton in January, fell to 10-18 and 3-12.

The Flyers won big despite scoring only nine points in the last 14 minutes. They shot 55.3 percent from the field and held UMass to 34.6 percent shooting.

Dayton ended a six-game regular-season losing streak at the Mullins Center. It won an A-10 tournament game at the arena in 2011.

HALFTIME RECAP

The Flyers made 14 of 17 field goals in the first half, shooting 82.4 percent, the second-best mark in a half in school history, on their way to a 40-18 halftime lead against Massachusetts on Tuesday at the Mullins Center.

Toppin scored eight points on 4-of-4 shooting. He dunked four times and moved past Chris Wright in the record books for most dunks in a season. Wright dunked 66 times. Toppin now has 70 dunks.

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Josh Cunningham led the Flyers with 10 points. Jalen Crutcher had eight. Ryan Mikesell and Jordan Davis each scored five.

Dayton trailed 8-2 in the opening minutes and took control with a 26-4 run. UMass shot 31 percent (9 of 29).

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