University Of Dayton Flyers

Dayton opens A-10 play with home win over Duquesne

Photo of DaRon Holmes II. Photo courtesy of Rick Roshto

DAYTON — The Dayton Flyers opened Atlantic 10 play with a 69-57 victory over the Duquesne Dukes Wednesday night at the UD Arena. DaRon Holmes had a double-double: 22 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.

R.J. Blakney added 17 while Mustapha Amzil had 13 points and five assists. Toumani Camara led the team with 11 rebounds as UD never trailed in this game.

The Flyers improve to 9-5 overall, 1-0 in the Atlantic 10.

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Dayton scored the first 10 points of the game, including six by Holmes on a pair of dunks. Jimmy Clark III’s steal and dunk got the Dukes within three, 14-11. But UD scored seven straight points to go up, 21-11, with 8:53 left in the first half.

Blakney’s three-pointer increased the advantage to 26-15 but the Dukes would not go away as RJ Gunn’s dunk cut it 30-24 with 3:25 left until halftime.

Amzil’s trey extended it to 37-26 but the Dukes scored six straight points to end the first half as the Flyers led, 37-32, at the break.

Holmes got the UD Arena crowd to its feet with a steal and dunk to expand the lead to 46-36. Mike Sharavjamts’ three further increase it to 49-36. Austin Rotroff’s basket helped Duquesne get within eight, 53-45, with 10:40 to play.

UD got baskets by Holmes and Camara to extend it to 57-45. Amzil’s three-pointer gave the Flyers their largest lead of the game, 60-45, with 8:01 to go. They maintained a solid double digit lead the rest of the game.

Dayton made 28-59 shots, good for 47.5%. They also made 8-20 three-point shots. UD outrebounded the Dukes, 41-27, and had 15 assists. The Flyers turned it over 19 times which led to 21 points.

UD’s next game will be Saturday afternoon when they travel to Davidson, NC to play the Davidson Wildcats at Belk Arena.

Tip-off is at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WHIO Radio. You can also listen to the game here at WHIO.com.

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