Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 7:59 PM
By: David Jablonski
DAYTON — The Dayton Flyers evened their record at 4-4 after dropping before .500 for the first time in almost 12 years, beating Tennessee Tech 79-66 on Wednesday at UD Arena.
Darrell Davis scored 19 points to lead the Flyers. Josh Cunningham had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan Davis scored 14 points and made 4 of 6 3-pointers.
Dayton led 32-24 at halftime and had a double-digit lead for most of the second half, though the Golden Eagles (7-3) got as close as seven points at one point. Dayton put the game away for good on a couple of layups by Trey Landers in the final minutes
Dayton made 8 of 23 3-pointers. Tennessee Tech made 10 of 24. The Flyers committed 17 turnovers, which was nine fewer than they had Sunday in a loss at Mississippi State.
This was the first of three straight home games for Dayton, which hosts Penn at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Seven players scored in the first half for Dayton.
Key player: Cunningham was one of three Dayton players with six points. He also has eight rebounds and two assists.
Key stat: The Flyers shot 53.8 percent from the field. Tennessee Tech shot 32.1 percent. Dayton outscored Tennessee Tech 22-10 in the paint and 10-0 in fast-break points.
Big run: Dayton trailed 11-6 at the 14:47 mark and then went on a 15-0 run. The Golden Eagles ended the run with 9:26 to play in the half.
Largest lead: Dayton led by as many as 14 points with 3:24 to go.
Interesting development: After seeing limited minutes in the last two games, John Crosby played 12 minutes in the first half. He had four points, one assist and one turnover. He entered the game in the opening minutes when Jalen Crutcher left the game with an injury. Crutcher did return and appeared fine.
Good sign: Kostas Antetokounmpo played 17 minutes in the first half without committing a foul. He has six points and three rebounds.