Dayton pulls away from Winthrop 83-67 behind Cooke's 20 pts
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Charles Cooke scored 20 points and added six rebounds to help Dayton pull away from Winthrop in the second half for an 83-67 win on Saturday.
Scoochie Smith added 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds while Kendall Pollard had 12 points for Dayton (5-2), which shot 51.6 percent from the field and held a 45-27 advantage on the glass.
Keon Johnson scored 24 to lead all scorers for Winthrop (4-3). The Eagles struggled most of the afternoon from the field, shooting just 41.4 percent overall and 28.6 percent from long range. Xavier Cooks added 14 points for the Eagles.
Dayton led 33-27 at the half but pulled away in the second. A Cooke layup with 10:43 left gave the Flyers an 11-point lead and a Xeyrius Williams jumper made it 80-62 with 2:29 to go.