Ibi Watson scores career-high 30 as Dayton Flyers win 10th game

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Dayton Flyers highlights: Ibi Watson scores 30 vs. Grambling

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UD bounces back from overtime loss to Colorado

Ibi Watson scored a career-high 30 points to lead the No. 18 Dayton Flyers to an 81-53 victory Monday against Grambling State at UD Arena.

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Playing two days after losing 78-76 to Colorado on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in overtime, Dayton (10-2) let the Tigers (6-7) get as close as 10 points midway through the second half but then dominated the final eight minutes.

Watson made 8 of 12 field goals, 4 of 5 3-pointers and 10 of 10 free throws in 30 minutes.

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Rodney Chatman scored 17 points. Obi Toppin scored a season-low eight points.

Dayton shot 51.9 percent from the field and held Grambling State to 32.3 percent. Each team had 12 turnovers. The Flyers had a 39-30 rebounding advantage.

Dayton returns to action at 7 p.m. Dec. 30 against North Florida at UD Arena. That will be the last non-conference game.

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Dayton postgame press conference: Grant after Grambling game

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HALFTIME RECAP

The Flyers took control with a 13-0 run early in the first half and led Grambling State 40-22 at halftime/

Watson led Dayton with 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Rodney Chatman scored 12 on 5-of-8 shooting. Obi Toppin scored six points. He dunked in the final seconds of the half.

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Grambling State, one of the three teams on Dayton’s non-conference schedule that ranks among the bottom 75 teams in the Ken Pomeroy ratings, hung with Dayton for about three minutes.

Seven straight points by Watson broke a 6-6 tie and gave Dayton a 13-6 lead at the 14:27 mark. Dayton led by as many as 19 points in the half.

Dayton shot 52 percent from the field. Grambling shot 32 percent.

NOTES: Jalen Crutcher missed the game. He's in concussion protocol after a hard fall against Colorado. ... Chase Johnson missed his fourth straight game with an illness.

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