NCAAB Game Recap - Drake at Dayton
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:00 PM EST

E KY
67
Lou
99
F
UMKC
57
Kansas
98
F
Oreg
71
Mich
70
F(OT)
Gonz
84
Ariz
80
F
GaTec
53
KY
67
F
StLou
61
Aub
67
F
Mem
51
Tenn
47
F
Drake
47
Dayt
78
F
MSU
72
Oakl
49
F
South
41
Butl
66
F
Del
70
Vill
78
F
Seton
48
Rut
68
F
Xav
78
Wake
80
F
KansSt
61
MisSt
67
F
IPFW
65
IUPUI
74
F
App
81
How
59
F
Syr
79
GTown
89
F
Princ
80
FaDi
65
F
Dart
76
Boston
78
F
(N/A)
60
Elon
91
F
Tuls
79
Ark
98
F
Nich
57
WVU
83
F
NJIT
71
StFNY
73
F
TN-M
72
UNCA
91
F
(N/A)
79
Jacksn
93
F
IL-C
65
DeP
86
F
HolyC
72
Canis
80
F
CenMI
76
Tex
87
F
LongI
74
Rider
89
F
Duques
71
Radf
49
F
Alab
71
PSU
73
F
AlaAM
74
Mia-FL
88
F
Morg
68
LaSal
85
F
Wagn
63
Hartfo
71
F
NCC
71
CoCar
91
F
Army
89
Buff
76
F
UCLA
61
ND
75
F
Lamar
50
TCU
79
F
AF
79
Denv
75
F
NFla
72
SoMis
69
F
MidTN
64
Miss
82
F
Toled
80
Detr
72
F
Web
49
Utah
60
F
UCSB
61
S UT
62
F
(N/A)
50
StBon
75
F
HiPt
64
FlAtl
81
F
Campbl
67
ECU
79
F
Mayv
60
SDak
96
F
Sac
58
SCla
60
F
USF
91
CS-Ful
69
F
ULLa
59
LaTec
77
F
Charl
71
Rich
78
F
Winth
73
Furm
80
F
ArkPB
46
OrSt
80
F
AlSt
57
Bois
100
F
Okla
75
WichSt
80
F
OlDom
55
Ill
69
F
Stan
78
SJSU
58
F
CSBak
70
Ida
76
F(OT)
NMSt
62
NM
69
F
Evans
72
WIGB
62
F
Niag
80
Albany
84
F
W MI
59
Manh
58
F
Colg
67
Cin
66
F
WilBa
59
NOrl
103
F
(N/A)
54
Gram
82
F
CenAR
79
Pepp
92
F
BYU
68
UtSt
64
F
UGA
59
AzSt
79
F
E IL
75
WIMil
68
F
Lib
61
Vand
56
F
HBU
84
Rice
96
F
(N/A)
57
Oral
69
F
Stony
78
Prov
82
F
(N/A)
63
UAB
75
F
N CO
74
Wyo
53
F
ULMo
59
SFA
66
F
NoAZ
79
UtVal
73
F
Fres
62
CAPoly
37
F
BethC
68
CBap
87
F
UCDav
54
USD
58
F
(N/A)
63
UCIrv
120
F
StMar
89
Cal
77
F

Dayton 78, Drake 47

Dec 14, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Drake (8-3)

22

25

47

(14) Dayton (8-1)

34

44

78

Watson scores 20, No. 14 Dayton pulls away from Drake 78-47
Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:51 PM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Ibi Watson felt it was his turn to take the lead in Dayton's impressive early-season surge.

Watson helped No. 14 Dayton emerge from a slow start and scored a season-high 20 points Saturday night as the Flyers pulled away to a 78-47 victory over Drake.

Dayton (8-1) took the court with its highest ranking in a dozen years but started sloppy and trailed midway through the first half against an overmatched team.

"That's been a thing a little bit," Watson said. "In a lot of these home games against smaller teams, we don't come out to play."

Watson came off the bench and scored seven straight points to change the momentum and put the Flyers in control.

"The guys are all on me to shoot the ball when I'm open," Watson said. "Tonight was my night. Anybody can score 20 on any night. That depth is important."

Obi Toppin added 19 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Trey Landers had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Flyers hadn't been ranked so high since they also were No. 14 on Jan. 26, 2008. They've heard from former Dayton players who are happy to see the program back in the spotlight.

"We're dangerous, that's what they say," Landers said. "They know we've got a lot of depth."

Drake (8-3) couldn't handle the Flyers' versatile offense. Dayton came in averaging 87.4 points per game, second best in Division I.

The Flyers had 19 assists on 27 baskets and scored 35 fast-break points.

"It's a sign of a team that's starting to mature and get better," coach Anthony Grant said.

Roman Penn had 13 points for the Bulldogs, who have lost nine straight against ranked teams since 2013.

Drake missed eight of its first nine shots - 7-foot center Liam Robbins banked in a 3-pointer - as Dayton eased ahead 13-5. The Bulldogs then quieted the crowd by surging ahead.

Robbins had a three-point play and a pair of 3s during an 11-point run that gave the Bulldogs a 16-13 lead midway through the half. Robbins had five career 3-pointers coming into the game and had never made more than one in a game.

Watson helped the Flyers settle down. He had a pair of free throws, a 3-pointer and a scoop layup during a 16-4 run that closed the half and put the Flyers up 34-22, the fewest points for the Bulldogs in an opening half this season.

Toppin blocked a shot and hit a 3-pointer as the Flyers pulled away at the start of the second half and led by as many as 33 points.

BIG PICTURE

Drake: The Bulldogs were playing only their second true road game. The other was a 81-59 loss at Cincinnati on Nov. 11, their second game of the season.

Dayton: The Flyers had nine turnovers in the first half and three more early in the second half. Grant put his hand on his forehead after the Flyers threw the ball away on a fast-break opportunity. They settled in and had only two more turnovers the rest of the way.

RANKED RESULTS

Drake is 27-121 all-time against ranked teams. The Bulldogs played a ranked team on the road for the first time since Feb. 23, 2008, when they beat No. 8 Butler 71-64. Drake's last win over a ranked team was a 74-69 home victory over No. 17 Creighton Jan. 23, 2013.

SERIES-LY SPEAKING

The Flyers lead the series 3-1. They hadn't played since Jan. 31, 1962, when the Flyers won at UD Arena 79-74.

SOUTHWEST OHIO SWEEP

In addition to losses against Cincinnati and Dayton, the Bulldogs lost to Miami (Ohio) at the Gulf Coast Showcase.

HANGING TIGHT

Toppin got a technical foul for hanging on the rim after a dunk with 3:33 to go.

MISSING FLYER

Dayton reserve forward Chase Johnson was sick and didn't play.

UP NEXT

Drake hosts Mount Marty on Tuesday.

Dayton hosts North Texas on Tuesday.

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Leaders

Drake PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Pilipovic 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Wilkins 0 0 1 2 0 0
Dayton PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Wilson 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Greer 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Drake Dayt
Points For 47 78
Field Goals 16/56-29% 27/55-49%
Three Pointers 5/23-22% 10/28-36%
Free Throws 10/15-67% 14/15-93%
Offensive Rebounds 8 7
Defensive Rebounds 21 35
Rebounds 34 44
Blocks 1 4
Steals 2 6
Turnovers 14 14
Personal Fouls 16 16
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Dayt Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Dec 14 Drake 47 @ Dayt 78 J. Tshimanga 2

Game Information

Stadium: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
Attendance: 13,407
Game Time: