The Dayton Flyers picked up their 20th win of the year against the La Salle Explorers 70-39 Wednesday night at UD Arena.
It was the final home game of the season for the Flyers and the two seniors, Josh Cunningham and Jack Westerfield, did not disappoint. Cunningham logged 18 points while Westerfield contributed three points during his first career start.
“It was a great atmosphere,” Cunningham said after the game.
“I had a bunch of buddies from home who came up for the game,” Westerfield said. “So, they were out there supporting me.”
While the final score may look like Dayton was in cruise control the entire game, that was not the case. The Flyer offense struggled greatly in the first half scoring only 25 points while shooting 9-28 from the field. Junior Trey Landers provided a spark off the bench, hitting the only three of the half.
Coach Anthony Grant spoke on the Flyers early woes.
“It’s rare that you play a team for the first time in early March,” Grant said. “We had to get a feel for who they were, and what they were all about.”
However, the second half was a different story.
The Flyers held the Explorers to just 21 points, shooting a slim 28.6 field goal percentage. Much of this can be credited to freshman Dwayne Cohill, who was a nuisance all night on the perimeter. Cohill posted a ridiculous +40 plus-minus as well.
“I thought Dwayne was huge,” Coach Grant said after the game.
On the offensive side of the ball, redshirt freshman Obi Toppin poured in 13 points, while redshirt junior Ryan Mikesell added 12 points to cushion the Dayton lead. Those two chipped into what ended up being a well-rounded offensive attack in the second half.
With this win, the Flyers clinched at two-round bye in the upcoming Atlantic 10 tournament. Dayton will now travel to Duquesne on Sat. March 9 for their final regular season game.