NCAAB Game Recap - Dayton at Virginia Commonwealth
Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:30 PM EST

Baylor
65
Okla
54
F
Dayt
66
VACom
61
F
NW
67
MD
76
F
Pitt
67
FlaSt
82
F
Ill
62
PSU
56
F
KY
79
LSU
76
F
Crei
73
Marq
65
F
OkSt
47
WVU
65
F
(N/A)
80
UTRGV
93
F
StFNY
87
LIU
77
F
Vand
61
Tenn
65
F
David
72
StJos
73
F
RobM
71
StFPA
86
F
Purd
65
Wisc
69
F
(N/A)
52
Bry
61
F
Akr
71
W MI
67
F
MtStM
61
Merrim
67
F
CenMI
69
Ohio
77
F
StLou
63
UMass
67
F
Ark
59
Fla
73
F
Kent
49
E MI
70
F
FaDi
75
CenCT
76
F
Ball
59
Buff
72
F
Miss
68
Mizzu
71
F
Nev
88
NM
74
F
ColSt
56
UNLV
80
F

Feb 18, 2020, 8:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(5) Dayton (24-2)

36

30

66

Virginia Commonwealth (17-9)

29

32

61

Crutcher scores 18, leads No. 5 Dayton past VCU 66-61
Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:05 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Dayton coach Anthony Grant knew that his No. 5 Flyers would face a stern test on the road at VCU, where he spent four years as the Rams' coach.

His team got that, for sure, in the 150th consecutive sellout at VCU's Siegel Center, yet the Flyers did just enough to extend their winning streak to 15.

"We were able to answer the bell every time we needed to," Grant said after the Flyers held off a late challenge in a 66-61 victory that completed a sweep of the season series. The Flyers beat VCU 79-65 in Ohio on Jan. 14.

"We got hit with a lot of adversity tonight and our guys persevered," Grant said. "Our thought tonight was about resiliency, it was about togetherness and we found a way to win."

Jalen Crutcher scored 18 points, including four free throws in the final six minutes, and Obi Toppin added 12 for Dayton (24-2, 13-0 Atlantic 10). They were the highest ranked team ever to play at the Siegel Center.

"We knew coming into this game that it was going to be a dogfight for 40 minutes straight, so we just had to come out with the same intensity that they had," Toppin said.

Trey Landers added 11 points for the Flyers, who made 17 of 24 free throws in the second half.

The Rams (17-9, 7-6) closed to within one possession several times in the last seven minutes, the last on Vince Williams' putback with 27 seconds left, but Dwayne Cohill made a pair of free throws with 22.4 seconds left.

"They made enough plays to get out of here with a win," said VCU coach Mike Rhoades, whose team lost its third straight and for the fourth time in five games. "Look, we're close," he added, "but nobody cares if you're close."

Nah'Shon Hyland led VCU with 18 points and Marcus Santos-Silva had 12 points and 17 rebounds, but the Rams turned 13 turnovers into just 10 points.

The game came two days after a team meeting that Rhoades said lasted nearly three hours and included "a lot of truth-telling," he said, after consecutive losses to George Mason and cross-town rival Richmond.

The Rams used an 8-1 run to get within 52-50 with 6:18 left, but Dayton converted six of eight free throws to rebuild the lead to 58-51. Malik Crowfield's 3-pointer and a free throw by De'Riante Jenkins pulled the Rams within 58-55, but Toppin scored inside and added a free throw.

BIG PICTURE

Dayton: The Flyers were shooting well about 50% for most of the game before a dry spell in the second half that included a pair of ill-advised 3-point tries by Crutcher and Landers. They finished 19 for 42, 45.2%.

VCU: The Rams played without point guardMarcus Evans, their top passer and No. 3 scorer (10.3 ppg). Evans aggravated a left knee injury in VCU's loss to Richmond last Saturday. In his absence, Hyland played point guard and fellow freshman Jimmy Clark also saw action, scoring four points.

UP NEXT

The Flyers are at home against Duquesne on Saturday.

VCU is on the road at Saint Louis on Friday.

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Leaders

Dayton PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Tshimanga 0 0 0 1 0 0
J. Matos 0 0 0 0 0 0
Virginia Commonwealth PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Douglas 0 0 0 1 0 0
M. Simms 0 0 2 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Dayt VACom
Points For 66 61
Field Goals 19/42-45% 21/57-37%
Three Pointers 6/17-35% 6/21-29%
Free Throws 22/31-71% 13/22-59%
Offensive Rebounds 7 16
Defensive Rebounds 24 27
Rebounds 35 44
Blocks 5 1
Steals 4 4
Turnovers 13 10
Personal Fouls 22 25
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Dayt Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Jan 14 VACom 65 @ Dayt 79 V. Williams 1 R. Mikesell 2
Tue Feb 18 Dayt 66 @ VACom 61 R. Chatman 3 J. McAllister 1

Game Information

Stadium: Stuart Siegel Center, Richmond, Virginia
Attendance: 7,637
Game Time: