Dayton cruises in home opener

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DAYTON (UD Athletics) -- The University of Dayton men's basketball team defeated the North Florida Ospreys 78-70 in both teams' season opener on Wednesday at UD Arena. The Flyers held the lead for the entirety of the second half.

The Flyers were led by Obi Toppin who achieved a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in his first college game. Toppin was moved into the starting lineup when resdhirt senior Josh Cunningham, Dayton's MVP a year ago, was injured in practice on Tuesday. Teammates Jordan Davis (16 points) Trey Landers (15) and Ryan Mikesell (12) scored in double digits as well with Landers also notching a double-double with 10 rebounds.

GAME BREAKDOWN

1st Half: Dayton 41 North Florida 35

• The Flyers came out hot shooting five-for-five in the first four minutes of the game including three explosive dunks by Obi Toppin.

• North Florida took advantage from behind the arc with four three-pointers within the first 10 minutes to take the lead 21-18.

• UD came firing back on an 8-0 run with two impressive fast break finishes to put the score at 26-21.

•A Jordan Davis breakaway dunk and Ryan Mikesell three gave the Flyers their largest lead of the half of nine points at 34-25 with 5 minutes remaining.

• The Flyers offense benefitted from dynamic play with 15 of their 41 points coming off fast breaks.

• Toppin led all scoring with 12 points and three rebounds in the first half.

2nd Half: Dayton 78 North Florida 70

• Jordan Davis hit back-to-back threes to extend the Flyer lead 55-45 at the 16 minute mark.

• The Ospreys nearly matched their first half foul total (7) with 6 fouls within the first 7 minutes of the half.

• The Flyers had a strong showing on both sides of the ball during an 11-0 run while forcing three turnovers to push the score to 68-48 at the 10 minute mark.

• Teammates Trey Landers and Obi Toppin both had double-doubles before the 10 minute mark.

• UD reached their largest lead of the night (20) with a Landers lay-up to put the score at 68-48.

• North Florida responded with a 15-5 run to cut the lead in half with four minutes remaining.

• The Flyers maintained a double-digit lead for 13 minutes of the second half.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

• Eight of Obi Toppin's 18 points came off of first half dunks.

• Ryan Mikesell led UD with six assists. It was Mikesell's first game in over year. He missed all of last season rehabbing from double hip surgeries.

• The Flyers shot 21-27 free throws (78%) while the Osprey tallied 12-14 (86%).

• UD held strong in the paint with nine offensive rebounds over North Florida's three.

• Trey Landers scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half converting four-of-six field goals.

• Dayton attacked the rim well with five dunks and six layups compared to zero dunks and six layups for the Ospreys.

• The Flyers won the turnover battle forcing 10 and giving away six, committing only half of their turnovers in the first four minutes of the game.

• Every UD player who played, scored. Junior Jhery Matos and freshman Dwayne Cohill made their Dayton debuts.

UP NEXT

• The Flyers will be at home against Coppin State on Saturday, November 10th.

• Game time is 7 p.m. ET.

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