The Dayton Flyers held off Richmond in the final minutes for an 87-81 victory Tuesday at the Robins Center.
Josh Cunningham scored 20 points, ending the game with a dunk. He made all eight of his field-goal attempts. Trey Landers added a career-high 18 points. Darrell Davis scored 17.
Dayton improved to 8-8 and 2-2 in the Atlantic 10. It continued a trend of winning a game after every loss and vice versa. That has continued all season except for one two-game losing streak.
The Flyers shot 63.5 percent from the field and won despite allowing Richmond to make 12 of 31 3-pointers. The Flyers made 14 of 15 free throws. Dayton committed 15 turnovers to Richmond’s five.
Trey Landers has 18, his career high. Dayton leads 82-79 with 33.9 left. Flyers have ball. pic.twitter.com/WTMkyFfbTX— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) January 10, 2018
Trey Landers having a big second half. He has 14 points. Lead is 72-67 with 5:03 left. pic.twitter.com/80D8gmDB2j— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) January 10, 2018
The Dayton Flyers shot 67.9 percent from the field in the first half Tuesday against Richmond, building a 47-35 halftime lead at the Robins Center.
Dayton’s star: Josh Cunningham made 6 of 6 shots from the field and scored 15 points.
Richmond’s star: Julius Johnson scored nine points off the bench for the Spiders, making 3 of 3 3-pointers.
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Key stat: Dayton made 5 of 11 3-pointers, 19 of 28 field goals and 4 of 4 free throws.
Big run: Richmond cut Dayton’s lead to 36-33 with 2:35 to play. Dayton ended the half on a 11-2 run.
Big shot: John Crosby drew a foul, made a 3-pointer and hit the free throw for a 4-point play with three seconds to play.
Now a 27-18 lead for Dayton. Svoboda with an assist to Cunningham. pic.twitter.com/Cc5tNlqhsk— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) January 10, 2018
Gruden Rankings: 1. Joey. T-2: Jay, Jon. pic.twitter.com/6Xn3e6CLw9— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) January 10, 2018
Improved performance: Matej Svoboda played seven minutes. He had two points, making his only shot from the field, and had three assists.
Pregame news: Freshman center Jordan Pierce didn’t make the trip to Richmond with the team. He stayed back in Dayton because of disciplinary reasons, a UD spokesman said.
Big picture: Dayton and Richmond entered the game as two of the nine teams tied for last place in the Atlantic 10 at 1-2. They are two of the three teams — Fordham being the other — that have not won two games in a row all season.
Series history: Dayton entered the game with a five-game winning streak in the series The Flyers lost six games in a row at the Robins Center before an 85-84 victory in 2016.
Kostas with an early dunk, but Dayton down 9-6. 15:47. pic.twitter.com/RiNbZdxHVG— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) January 10, 2018
The Flyers take the court at Richmond. pic.twitter.com/B6JrreSyGu— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) January 9, 2018