Western Illinois vs Dayton

Dayton 87, W. Illinois 58


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Josh Benson scored 21 points and Dayton shut down Western Illinois in the second half to win 87-58 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

The Flyers led 42-38 at halftime before outscoring the Leathernecks 10-3 in the opening minutes of the second half. Dayton led 52-41 on Kevin Dillard's layup with 14:14 remaining.

Western Illinois was just 5 of 26 in the second half (19.2 percent), including 0 for 7 from 3-point range.

Matt Kavanaugh and Paul Williams added 15 points each for the Flyers, and Josh Parker chipped in 11 points. Chris Johnson tallied 10 points for the Flyers, who have won six consecutive season openers.

Dayton scored 20 points off 16 Western Illinois' turnovers, and kept the Leathernecks in the half-court game, as they were outscored 13-0 on fast breaks.

Obi Emegano and Tommie Tyler led the Leathernecks with 15 points.

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Western Illinois Leathernecks
J. Houpt, F312-80-02125
O. Emegano, F254-47-830415
T. Parks, C204-82-381210
R. Roberts-Burnett, G352-40-03104
T. Tyler, G354-107-822015
D. Gebru214-91-24109
B. Molinari170-50-00120
J. Packer80-00-01100
J. McDonald50-00-01000
D. McAvoy30-10-00000
Totals 20-4917-212781058
Dayton Flyers
C. Johnson, F253-80-010128
J. Benson, F2110-131-140321
M. Kavanaugh, C257-91-173115
J. Parker, G304-91-206211
K. Dillard, G192-80-01925
P. Williams256-80-012215
D. Oliver201-20-02422
A. Gavrilovic171-30-02022
L. Fabrizius113-30-02028
R. Hill30-20-01000
M. Asmus20-00-00020
B. Vonderhaar20-00-00000
Totals 37-653-433252087
Mid Continent
Oral Roberts12-223-11
Southern Utah6-816-14
Western Ill.3-117-23
Expanded Standings

Atlantic 10
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
St. Bona.0-07-273
Rhode Island0-05-325
Geo. Wash.0-05-5166
Saint Louis0-05-5151
George Mason0-05-6226
La Salle0-05-676
Saint Josephs0-04-5215
Other games
KEN 31 Final
Wisc 85
FORD 53 Final
Syracuse 78
PRES 55 Final