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Dayton’s Cunningham to compete in 3X3U National Championship with three other A-10 players

Published: Wednesday, April 03, 2019 @ 12:24 PM

Dayton’s Josh Cunningham hugs Anthony Grant after leaving the court in his final home game against La Salle on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton’s Josh Cunningham hugs Anthony Grant after leaving the court in his final home game against La Salle on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

Dayton Flyers forward Josh Cunningham will play with the Atlantic 10 team in the second annual 3X3U National Championship this weekend in Minneapolis, site of the Final Four. All games will take place at the Mall of America.

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Cunningham, whose college career ended in March when Dayton lost to Colorado in the first round of the NIT, will team with La Salle guard Pookie Powell, Saint Louis guard Tramaine Isabell and Saint Louis guard Javon Bess.

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The A-10 group plays a team from the American Athletic Conference at 3:20 p.m. Friday and then a team from the Northeastern Conference at 6:50 p.m. Friday. Their third game, at 10:10 a.m. Saturday, will be against a team from the Big West Conference. All games will be broadcast live on Twitter.

The teams, made up of seniors from every Division I conference, will compete for $150,000 in prize money. The champions win $100,000.

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After pool play on Friday and Saturday, the top 16 teams advance to a tournament format. The round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, championship game and consolation game will be played Sunday. The semifinals, championship game and consolation game will be televised on ESPN2 starting at 3 p.m. Sunday.

A Big Ten team featuring Purdue’s Vincent Edwards, Ohio State’s Jae’Sean Tate, Minnesota’s Nate Mason and Indiana’s Robert Johnson won the first tournament in 2018. The A-10 team did not make it out of group play.

Cunningham scored five points in his final game and finished his career with 964 points in a Dayton uniform. He ranks 52nd in school history between Kevin Conrad (983) and Charles Cooke (957). Counting his one season at Bradley, he scored 1,224 points

Cunningham’s final career field-goal percentage (63.9 percent) ranks second in UD history behind Sean Finn (64.7).