Cunningham, Toppin hot hands lead Dayton past WMU 85-72
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Josh Cunningham scored 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting plus going 8 of 8 from the foul line and Dayton beat Western Michigan 85-72 on Wednesday night.
Obi Toppin added 22 points on 11-of-11 shooting for the Flyers (6-5) and Jalen Crutcher had 14 points and 10 assists. Toppin tied the Dayton record for most field goals in a game without a miss.
Michael Flowers led the Broncos (5-6) with 20 points and Josh Davis had 17.
Western Michigan shot 52 percent in the first half but couldn’t keep pace as Dayton shot 69 percent and had three players in double figures in taking a 45-33 lead. A 13-2 run in the middle of the half, when Toppin scored six, pushed a four-point lead to 34-19.
Western Michigan sliced the deficit eight, but Cunningham had a pair of 3-point plays in 18 seconds to open an 8-0 run. The Broncos hit three-straight 3s, the last two by Davis, to get it back to seven, but Toppin had consecutive dunks and Dayton held off WMU.
The Flyers shot 52 percent in the second half, despite going 0 for 7 from distance, and were 12 of 13 from the foul line.