NCAAB Game Recap - Dayton at La Salle
Thu Jan 2, 2020 8:30 PM EST

Gonz
85
Portl
72
F
Oreg
65
Colora
74
F
Ill
56
MSU
76
F
Dayt
84
LaSal
58
F
UTEP
67
FlInt
69
F
SFA
82
SeLA
71
F
StFPA
63
Bry
67
F
Lib
59
FlGlf
46
F
Colum
72
Maine
75
F(OT)
JMU
64
UNCW
60
F
Wagn
66
MtStM
47
F
StLou
59
Duques
73
F
GASt
69
App
60
F
Jacksn
57
N AL
62
F
N TX
84
W Ky
93
F
NFla
76
KennSt
57
F
Longw
67
Winth
91
F
Ford
46
VACom
64
F
Lipsco
66
Stetsn
63
F
StJos
52
Rich
84
F
Minn
78
Purd
83
F(2OT)
UNCA
77
Presb
79
F
MidTN
60
OlDom
70
F
Elon
68
NE
77
F
UAB
44
Charl
51
F
Leh
58
Navy
64
F
Rice
69
Marsh
89
F
HolyC
70
LoyMD
80
F
W&M
88
Hof
61
F
TexSA
64
FlAtl
79
F
Vermt
77
Dart
68
F
Amer
51
Colg
65
F
GaSo
70
CoCar
67
F
Tows
69
Charl
81
F
GWebb
67
Campbl
65
F
Army
65
Buck
67
F
URI
75
Brown
85
F
Lafy
72
Boston
73
F
SamH
94
McNee
75
F
TxSt
68
ArkLR
72
F
(N/A)
65
SacHr
57
F
FaDi
63
StFNY
79
F
TNTec
59
E KY
74
F
USC-Up
75
ChaSo
89
F
RobM
89
CenCT
78
F
TexAr
73
ArkSt
52
F
NWSt
62
TXAMC
67
F
SthAL
60
ULLa
57
F
InWor
60
Nich
76
F
Lamar
74
NOrl
67
F
Troy
63
ULMo
79
F
Seatt
86
UMKC
90
F(3OT)
CenAR
107
HBU
111
F(OT)
UtVal
94
ChiSt
73
F
TN-M
76
Murr
89
F
SIU-E
79
Belm
69
F
OrSt
69
Utah
81
F
E IL
79
TNSt
84
F
SEMO
63
APSU
78
F
Mont
60
S UT
58
F
MTSt
59
N CO
68
F
N DA
82
Denv
71
F
W IL
74
NDSt
94
F
JacSt
76
MorSt
72
F
Oral
79
SDSt
96
F
PorSt
61
Ida
72
F
(N/A)
66
UCSB
87
F
TexPA
67
CBap
76
F
UCLA
66
Wash
64
F
Pacif
59
Pepp
56
F
USD
58
LoyMa
64
F
USC
65
WaSt
56
F
Cal
52
Stan
68
F
StMar
69
USF
58
F

Dayton 84, La Salle 58

Jan 2, 2020, 8:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(20) Dayton (12-2)

46

38

84

La Salle (9-4)

24

34

58

Toppin scores 20, No. 20 Dayton eases past La Salle 84-58
Thu Jan 2, 2020 11:39 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) For most of the 2010s, Dayton had trouble winning in the city of Philadelphia.

In their first game of the '20s, the 20th-ranked Flyers had no problem breaking that trend and showing what could be in store for the rest of the Atlantic 10.

Obi Toppin scored 20 points as Dayton used a big first-half run to cruise past La Salle 84-58 in its conference opener on Thursday night.

It was the first win for the Flyers (12-2, 1-0) in seven trips to the City of Brotherly Love dating back to Jan. 12, 2012, when they beat Temple. The Owls are no longer a part of the Atlantic 10. It was the first time Dayton had beaten La Salle at Tom Gola Arena since the previous season.

"Our guys were well aware of that," Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. "A lot of Flyer fans and a lot of alums are going to be awfully excited."

Toppin was one of five Dayton players to score in double figures as the Flyers clamped down defensively on the Explorers, holding them without a 3-pointer until midway through the second half. They also controlled the paint, outscoring the Explorers by a 48-30 margin thanks to transition baskets that allowed the Flyers to get to the rim.

"I didn't think we played any defense," La Salle coach Ashley Howard said. "I thought our defense was nonexistent. Our communication was bad and we had way too many situations early in the game where we weren't matched up. A lot of their points were in transition when they came down, moved the ball and found the open man."

The Flyers broke the game open midway through the first half with an 18-0 run over a five-minute stretch that moved their lead to 38-14. Dayton carried a 46-24 advantage into halftime after shooting 68% (17 for 25) from the floor in the opening half.

"The key for us to is to maintain focus on the defensive end," Grant said. "It allows us to get out there and get into transition. So it was a byproduct of what we were doing on the defensive side of the ball."

Jalen Crutcher had 15 points, Ryan Mikesell scored 11 and Trey Landers and Ibi Watson each had 10.

Ed Croswell led La Salle (9-4, 0-1) with 14 points while Isiah Dees added 10. The Explorers struggled from the floor, shooting 35.4% (23 for 65) overall and 17.6% (3 of 17) from 3-point range.

"This was a reality check for us," Howard said. "We played some opponents that were not at the same level as the Atlantic 10. We won those games. I was afraid that we might get a little overconfident and a false sense of where we are. Today put us right back in check to understand we have a lot of work to keep getting better, because Dayton is really good. They might be one of the best teams in the country. They played like it tonight."

BIG PICTURE

Dayton: The Flyers look like the best team in the Atlantic 10 and a potentially tough NCAA Tournament opponent.

La Salle: The Explorers have progressed noticeably in the second year under Howard. However, they are still a few steps behind the top teams in the Atlantic 10.

UP NEXT

Dayton: Will stay in Philadelphia to play at St. Joseph's on Sunday.

La Salle: At Fordham on Sunday.

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Leaders

Dayton PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Becker 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Wilson 0 0 0 1 0 0
La Salle PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Kimbrough 0 0 0 2 0 2
E. Croswell 14 0 0 7 0 0

Team Comparison

Dayt LaSal
Points For 84 58
Field Goals 31/58-53% 23/66-35%
Three Pointers 5/15-33% 3/17-18%
Free Throws 17/20-85% 9/11-82%
Offensive Rebounds 11 17
Defensive Rebounds 27 18
Rebounds 44 43
Blocks 8 7
Steals 9 5
Turnovers 15 16
Personal Fouls 14 19
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Jan 2 Dayt 84 @ LaSal 58 D. Cohill 2 S. Phiri 2

Game Information

Stadium: Tom Gola Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 2,241
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