VCU
12-5
65
TF 9
FINAL
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2nd
CBSSN
Tue Jan. 14
8:00pm
BONUS
79
TF 9
DAYTON
15-2
ML: +299
DAYTON -8.5, O/U 137.5
ML: -384
VCU
DAYTON

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Hobbled Toppin carries No. 13 Dayton past VCU, 79-65

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) As the final minute ticked down, Jalen Crutcher dribbled toward the basket and saw Obi Toppin getting set for one more alley-oop, bad ankle and all.

Pass. Catch. Dunk. The 13th-ranked Flyers did it one more time while finishing off a rival that's gotten the best of them lately.

Toppin scored 24 points on a tender ankle and led a 22-point run in the second half as Dayton beat VCU 79-65 on Tuesday night, ending the Flyers' streak of four straight losses to the Rams.

The forward who started the game in pain put his fingerprints on the biggest moments.

''He's a competitor, man,'' said Trey Landers, who had 16 points. ''I appreciate him so much for that. He showed up big time.''

The Flyers (15-2, 4-0 Atlantic 10) got the better of a foul-filled match-up between the league's top-scoring team and its peskiest defense, remaining unbeaten at home. Toppin had three dunks and a 3-pointer during the second-half run that broke it open.

VCU (12-5, 2-2) had won the last four against Dayton, all by five points or less, but faded after a back-and-forth opening half that included three technical fouls. De'Riante Jenkins and Nah'Shon Hyland led VCU with 16 points apiece.

Crutcher added 20 points for Dayton, which shot 50% from the field.

The Rams couldn't contain Toppin, who sprained his left ankle early in the second half of an 88-60 win over UMass on Saturday and didn't return.

Toppin moved cautiously in the opening minutes - his only shot came from behind the arc and was well off. He asserted himself out of the first media timeout, getting his first rebound and his first points on a bank shot.

''I had to go into the game not thinking about it,'' said Toppin, who played 33 minutes and also had nine rebounds. ''At first it was bothering me, but I got into the flow of the game and the Adrenalin kicked in.''

Toppin couldn't get high enough for a dunk late in the first half, a reminder he was not full-strength. But he had a bank shot and two free throws as Dayton closed the half with an eight-point run for a 38-33 lead.

Toppin had three dunks and a 3, and Landers made a pair of 3s and a dunk as Dayton broke open a tied game and built the lead to 63-41. The Flyers were ahead by double digits the rest of the way.

The game quickly got chippy, with three technical fouls called in the first half.

VCU's Marcus Evans was called for a foul as he and Chatman went to the floor while wrestling for the ball. As players gathered, VCU's Issac Vann and Dayton's Jordy Tshimanga exchanged words and got technicals. Less than a minute later, Jenkins also got a technical.

Evans got a technical in the second half as Dayton pulled away.

''Early in the game, you could tell there was a lot of emotion on both sides,'' Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. ''The guys had a tough time finding a rhythm.''

BIG PICTURE

VCU: The Rams were the league's preseason favorite and won their first six games but have been inconsistent, especially on offense. They had a chance to regain some of their luster by knocking off the Flyers. They led by five points in the first half but couldn't pull it off.

Dayton: The Flyers moved up to No. 13 this week, matching their highest ranking of the season. The last time they were higher in the poll was December 1967, when they were No. 6. The convincing win over VCU left them in position for another move up.

SERIES STUFF

VCU leads the series 11-6 and is 3-5 all-time at University of Dayton Arena. The Flyers' last win in the series was 106-79 on Jan. 12, 2018 at UD arena.

RANKINGS STUFF

VCU is 1-2 against ranked teams. The Rams beat No. 23 LSU 84-82 and lost to No. 17 Tennessee 72-69.

OVERCOMING SLOPPINESS

VCU came in leading the league in steals (9.6 per game) and forcing turnovers (18.6). The Flyers won despite a season-high 20 turnovers that set up 31 of the Rams' points.

UP NEXT

VCU hosts St. Bonaventure on Saturday.

Dayton plays at St. Louis on Friday.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by VCU  
19:39   Marcus Evans missed layup  
19:37   Offensive rebound by Marcus Santos-Silva  
19:36 +2 Marcus Santos-Silva made layup 2-0
19:03   Bad pass turnover on Jalen Crutcher, stolen by Marcus Santos-Silva  
18:55 +2 De'Riante Jenkins made layup, assist by Marcus Evans 4-0
18:48 +2 Ryan Mikesell made layup 4-2
18:30   Bad pass turnover on Marcus Santos-Silva  
18:24   Trey Landers missed layup  
18:22   Defensive rebound by Mike'L Simms  
18:07   Bad pass turnover on Marcus Evans, stolen by Ryan Mikesell  
18:01   Trey Landers missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:59   Defensive rebound by Issac Vann  
17:44   Marcus Santos-Silva missed layup  
17:42   Defensive rebound by Trey Landers  
17:41   Trey Landers missed layup  
17:39   Offensive rebound by Rodney Chatman  
17:36   Rodney Chatman missed jump shot  
17:32   Defensive rebound by De'Riante Jenkins  
17:22   Issac Vann missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:20   Defensive rebound by Ryan Mikesell  
17:15   Shooting foul on Mike'L Simms  
17:15 +1 Jalen Crutcher made 1st of 3 free throws 4-3
17:15 +1 Jalen Crutcher made 2nd of 3 free throws 4-4
17:15   Jalen Crutcher missed 3rd of 3 free throws  
17:15   Defensive rebound by Corey Douglas  
17:02 +2 Issac Vann made layup 6-4
16:51   Obi Toppin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:49   Defensive rebound by Corey Douglas  
16:29   De'Riante Jenkins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:27   Defensive rebound by Trey Landers  
16:13 +3 Jalen Crutcher made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Obi Toppin 6-7
15:56   Lost ball turnover on Issac Vann, stolen by Jalen Crutcher  
15:44   Bad pass turnover on Ibi Watson, stolen by Nah'Shon Hyland  
15:30   Mike'L Simms missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:28   Defensive rebound by Obi Toppin  
15:13 +2 Obi Toppin made hook shot 6-9
14:51   Nah'Shon Hyland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:49   Defensive rebound by Obi Toppin  
14:41   Jalen Crutcher missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:39   Defensive rebound by De'Riante Jenkins  
14:30   Lost ball turnover on KeShawn Curry  
14:01   Shooting foul on Marcus Santos-Silva  
14:01 +1 Obi Toppin made 1st of 2 free throws 6-10
14:01   Obi Toppin missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
14:01   Defensive rebound by KeShawn Curry  
13:46   Bad pass turnover on Marcus Santos-Silva  
13:23   3-second violation turnover on Obi Toppin  
13:07   KeShawn Curry missed layup  
13:05   Offensive rebound by Nah'Shon Hyland  
12:58 +2 Nah'Shon Hyland made layup 8-10
12:42   Obi Toppin missed layup, blocked by Marcus Santos-Silva  
12:40   Defensive rebound by Marcus Santos-Silva  
12:27 +3 Marcus Evans made 3-pt. jump shot 11-10
12:27   Shooting foul on Dwayne Cohill  
12:27 +1 Marcus Evans made free throw 12-10
12:16 +3 Ibi Watson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trey Landers 12-13
12:06   Nah'Shon Hyland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:04   Offensive rebound by KeShawn Curry  
12:00 +2 Marcus Santos-Silva made layup, assist by KeShawn Curry 14-13
11:41   Lost ball turnover on Trey Landers, stolen by KeShawn Curry  
11:38   KeShawn Curry missed layup, blocked by Trey Landers  
11:36   Offensive rebound by VCU  
11:20 +2 Marcus Santos-Silva made layup, assist by Nah'Shon Hyland 16-13
10:53 +2 Ibi Watson made layup 16-15
10:39   KeShawn Curry missed layup  
10:37   Defensive rebound by Trey Landers  
10:30   Ibi Watson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:28   Offensive rebound by Jalen Crutcher  
10:25 +3 Jalen Crutcher made 3-pt. jump shot 16-18
10:00   Offensive foul on Nah'Shon Hyland  
10:00   Turnover on Nah'Shon Hyland  
9:35   Personal foul on Marcus Evans  
9:31 +2 Ibi Watson made jump shot 16-20
9:06   Vince Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:04   Defensive rebound by Rodney Chatman  
8:56   Personal foul on Marcus Evans  
8:56   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Issac Vann  
8:56   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Jordy Tshimanga  
8:47   Bad pass turnover on Trey Landers, stolen by Nah'Shon Hyland  
8:42 +2 Nah'Shon Hyland made layup 18-20
8:34   Offensive foul on Rodney Chatman  
8:34   Turnover on Rodney Chatman  
8:26   Issac Vann missed jump shot  
8:24   Offensive rebound by Corey Douglas  
8:17 +2 De'Riante Jenkins made layup 20-20
8:17   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on De'Riante Jenkins  
8:17 +1 Ibi Watson made 1st of 2 free throws 20-21
8:17 +1 Ibi Watson made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-22
8:02   Offensive foul on Obi Toppin  
8:02   Turnover on Obi Toppin  
7:49 +3 Nah'Shon Hyland made 3-pt. jump shot 23-22
7:17   Ryan Mikesell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:15   Offensive rebound by Trey Landers  
7:15   Shooting foul on Nah'Shon Hyland  
7:15 +1 Trey Landers made 1st of 2 free throws 23-23
7:15   Trey Landers missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:15   Defensive rebound by Marcus Santos-Silva  
6:58 +2 Nah'Shon Hyland made layup 25-23
6:39   Bad pass turnover on Rodney Chatman  
6:25 +3 Nah'Shon Hyland made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by De'Riante Jenkins 28-23
6:01 +2 Obi Toppin made hook shot 28-25
5:49 +2 Issac Vann made jump shot 30-25
5:22   Trey Landers missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:20   Defensive rebound by Mike'L Simms  
5:10   Marcus Santos-Silva missed layup  
5:08   Defensive rebound by Trey Landers  
5:08   Personal foul on De'Riante Jenkins  
5:07 +1 Trey Landers made 1st of 2 free throws 30-26
5:07   Trey Landers missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:07   Defensive rebound by Marcus Santos-Silva  
4:47   Shooting foul on Rodney Chatman  
4:47   Issac Vann missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:47 +1 Issac Vann made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-26
4:47 +1 Issac Vann made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-26
4:28   Obi Toppin missed dunk  
4:26   Offensive rebound by Dayton  
4:26   Offensive goaltending turnover on Obi Toppin  
4:11   Nah'Shon Hyland missed layup  
4:09   Offensive rebound by Nah'Shon Hyland  
4:05   Nah'Shon Hyland missed layup  
4:03   Defensive rebound by Ryan Mikesell  
3:56   Offensive foul on Ibi Watson  
3:56   Turnover on Ibi Watson  
3:36   KeShawn Curry missed layup  
3:34   Defensive rebound by Obi Toppin  
3:18 +2 Jalen Crutcher made layup, assist by Obi Toppin 31-28
2:56   Bad pass turnover on KeShawn Curry, stolen by Obi Toppin  
2:51 +2 Obi Toppin made dunk 31-30
2:31 +2 Issac Vann made layup 33-30
2:31   Shooting foul on Ryan Mikesell  
2:31   Issac Vann missed free throw  
2:31   Defensive rebound by Obi Toppin  
2:12   Trey Landers missed layup, blocked by Jimmy Clark III  
2:10   Offensive rebound by Dayton  
2:10 +2 Jalen Crutcher made floating jump shot 33-32
1:46   Jimmy Clark III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:44   Defensive rebound by Ryan Mikesell  
1:40   Obi Toppin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:36   Offensive rebound by Dayton  
1:18 +2 Obi Toppin made hook shot 33-34
1:04   Shooting foul on Trey Landers  
1:04   Marcus Santos-Silva missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:04   Marcus Santos-Silva missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:04   Marcus Santos-Silva missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:04   Defensive rebound by Obi Toppin  
45.0   Personal foul on Nah'Shon Hyland  
45.0 +1 Jalen Crutcher made 1st of 2 free throws 33-35
45.0 +1 Jalen Crutcher made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-36
30.0   Bad pass turnover on Corey Douglas  
5.0   Personal foul on Vince Williams  
5.0 +1 Obi Toppin made 1st of 2 free throws 33-37
5.0 +1 Obi Toppin made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-38

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:40   Obi Toppin missed jump shot  
19:38   Defensive rebound by Marcus Santos-Silva  
19:29 +2 Marcus Santos-Silva made layup, assist by De'Riante Jenkins 35-38
18:57   Lost ball turnover on Jalen Crutcher, stolen by Marcus Evans  
18:45 +2 De'Riante Jenkins made dunk, assist by Marcus Evans 37-38
18:37   Rodney Chatman missed layup  
18:35   Offensive rebound by Trey Landers  
18:29   Obi Toppin missed jump shot  
18:27   Offensive rebound by Dayton  
18:25   Bad pass turnover on Obi Toppin, stolen by Marcus Evans  
18:16 +2 Marcus Evans made layup 39-38
18:04 +3 Trey Landers made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ryan Mikesell 39-41
17:54   Bad pass turnover on Marcus Evans  
17:43   Jalen Crutcher missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:41   Defensive rebound by Marcus Evans  
17:36 +2 De'Riante Jenkins made dunk, assist by Marcus Evans 41-41
17:21   Trey Landers missed layup, blocked by Marcus Santos-Silva  
17:19   Offensive rebound by Trey Landers  
17:06 +2 Obi Toppin made alley-oop shot, assist by Ryan Mikesell 41-43
16:48   Issac Vann missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:46   Offensive rebound by Marcus Santos-Silva  
16:36   Issac Vann missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:34   Defensive rebound by Jalen Crutcher  
16:28 +2 Trey Landers made layup, assist by Jalen Crutcher 41-45
16:04   De'Riante Jenkins missed jump shot  
16:02   Defensive rebound by Jalen Crutcher  
15:56 +2 Obi Toppin made alley-oop shot, assist by Jalen Crutcher 41-47
15:37   De'Riante Jenkins missed layup, blocked by Obi Toppin  
15:35   Defensive rebound by Ryan Mikesell  
15:29 +3 Trey Landers made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ryan Mikesell 41-50
15:08   Mike'L Simms missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:06   Defensive rebound by Obi Toppin  
14:53 +2 Rodney Chatman made jump shot 41-52
14:45   De'Riante Jenkins missed jump shot  
14:43   Defensive rebound by Dayton  
14:33 +2 Trey Landers made dunk, assist by Obi Toppin 41-54
14:08   Nah'Shon Hyland missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Ryan Mikesell  
14:06   Offensive rebound by Nah'Shon Hyland  
14:00   Personal foul on Rodney Chatman  
13:54   Traveling violation turnover on KeShawn Curry  
13:43   Personal foul on Marcus Evans  
13:26   Bad pass turnover on Obi Toppin  
13:15   Marcus Evans missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:13   Offensive rebound by Marcus Evans  
13:07   Personal foul on Trey Landers  
12:56   Lost ball turnover on Marcus Evans, stolen by Ibi Watson  
12:49 +2 Jalen Crutcher made layup, assist by Ibi Watson 41-56
12:40   Marcus Santos-Silva missed layup  
12:38   Defensive rebound by Obi Toppin  
12:31 +2 Obi Toppin made dunk, assist by Jalen Crutcher 41-58
12:16   Vince Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:14   Defensive rebound by Ibi Watson  
11:54 +3 Obi Toppin made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jalen Crutcher 41-61
11:19   Nah'Shon Hyland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:17   Defensive rebound by Ryan Mikesell  
11:08 +2 Ibi Watson made layup, assist by Ryan Mikesell 41-63
10:51   Shooting foul on Ryan Mikesell  
10:51   Vince Williams missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:51 +1 Vince Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 42-63
10:39