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Published: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 @ 9:05 PM
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Two walk-ons scored in the final minute. Fans were chanting, “Obi! Obi! Obi!,” and then “We want Kansas!” and everyone rooting for the Dayton Flyers had a grand time for the second straight day at the Maui Invitational.
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One day after beating Georgia 80-61, Dayton routed Virginia Tech with an even stronger performance, winning 89-62 in the semifinals at the Lahaina Civic Center.
Dayton (5-0) will play in the Maui Invitational championship for the second time. It will face No. 4 Kansas at 5 p.m. on Wednesday (noon in Maui). Kansas beat BYU 71-56 in the second semifinal Tuesday.
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Toppin scored 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. Trey Landers and Rodney Chatman each scored 13. Ryan Mikesell had 10 points. Jalen Crutcher had six points and nine assists.
Walk-ons Christian Wilson and Camron Greer got on the board in the final possessions. Eleven players scored for the Flyers.
Virginia Tech was down double-digits throughout the second half and got as close as 14 points, at which point Dayton put the game away with a quick 7-0 run starting at the 6:45 mark.
The Flyers shot 63.6 percent from the field and 45.8 percent (11 of 24) from 3-point range. They had a 38-21 rebounding advantage.
Happy Flyers. Happy Dayton fans. UD now 9-2 in the Maui Invitational. Rumors of moving UD Arena to the island on a giant barge are untrue, however. pic.twitter.com/V9SpfiCctF— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) November 27, 2019
Ryan Mikesell gives Dayton 61-44 lead at 1139. pic.twitter.com/pIR3Pn3m3M— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) November 27, 2019
Everybody who played scored for Dayton in the first half. Nine guys. pic.twitter.com/J8Oq8IL2iF— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) November 27, 2019
Ibi Watson grabbed a missed 3-pointer out of the air and dunked it with one hand to end the first half, putting an exclamation point on a dominant performance. Dayton built a 49-31 halftime lead against Virginia Tech.
Toppin put on a first-half show for the second straight day. He scored 14 points and made 3 of 5 3-pointers.
All nine Flyers who saw action in the half scored at least two points. Rodney Chatman and Trey Landers each had eight. Jalen Crutcher scored six.