Jalen Crutcher leads Dayton Flyers to halftime lead at VCU
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Playing its first game as a top-five team, Dayton shot 54 percent from the field and held VCU to 35 percent. Dayton made 5 of 9 3-pointers. VCU made 4 of 14.
Jalen Crutcher led Dayton with 10 points and threw down the best dunk of his career early in the half. Trey Landers scored eight. Ryan Mikesell and Ibi Watson each scored six. Obi Toppin hit a 3-pointer to open the scoring and didn't score again in the half.
Nah'Shon Hyland led VCU with 13 points. The Rams played the half without one of their top players, senior guard Marcus Evans, who's missing his second straight game with a knee injury.
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Dayton is the highest-ranked team to play at the 21-year-old Siegel Center. Prior to this game, No. 7 Virginia held that honor when it beat VCU 74-57 on Dec. 6, 2014.
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This is Anthony Grant's fourth game at the Siegel Center as an opposing coach. After coaching at VCU from 2006-09, he brought Alabama to VCU in 2012 and lost 73-54. Dayton lost at VCU in his first two seasons.
Dayton won the first game against VCU 79-65 at UD Arena on Jan. 14 thanks in part to a 22-0 run in the second half.
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Dayton ended a four-game losing streak in the series with that victory. It was Dayton's first win against the Rams since January 2018.
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