Toppin creates another highlight to remember in Dayton’s victory at Duquesne

Dayton’s Obi Toppin dunks against Duquesne on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
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Dayton’s Obi Toppin dunks against Duquesne on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Dayton forward leads team with 22 points

Obi Toppin dunked four times Wednesday as the Dayton Flyers beat Duquesne 73-69 at PPG Paints Arena, bringing his season total to 71 dunks and his career total to 154.

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One of Toppin’s dunks gained national attention on social media. He rebounded a missed 3-pointer by Jalen Crutcher in the second minute of the second half and dunked it with one hand. The putback slam is one of his specialties.

Toppin scored 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting. He grabbed 10 rebounds. He has scored 20 or more points in four of the last five games and recorded double-doubles in three of those games. He’s averaging 19.8 points and 8.0 rebounds for the No. 7 Flyers (19-2, 8-0), who have won 10 straight games.

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Toppin leads the country in dunks. Kansas center Udoka Azubuike, who has 63 dunks, is the only other player with more than 50.

Toppin is on pace to break the UD single-season record of 83 dunks. He set that last year. He's also getting closer to the career record of 177 set by Chris Wright from 2007-11.