Dayton 87, W. Illinois 58

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


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