DAYTON, Ohio -- (AP) Chris Wright and Mickey Perry tallied 15 points each to lead Dayton to a 71-52 victory over Presbyterian on Saturday night. Perry scored his largest point total of the season and tied his career high.
Dayton (8-2) won its sixth straight game despite losing two starters to injuries in the first half. Forward Chris Johnson, the team's second-leading scorer, was took a blow to the head after playing just one minute. Guard Marcus Johnson sprained his left ankle after playing just nine minutes in the first half and was helped from the floor. Both are questionable for UD's next game on Monday.
It was UD's 25th straight win at home. The Flyers remain tied for the third-longest home winning streak in the nation behind Pittsburgh and Kansas.
Perry and Josh Benson, who also scored a career high 10 points, led a bench that scored 43 points.
Presbyterian made its first three shots to take a 9-3 lead over the Flyers. Dayton chopped away at the early roadblock to knot it at 12-12 in a first half that was deadlocked six times, and had nine lead changes.
The Flyers took the lead on a layup by Rob Lowery in the final five seconds of the first half to set the tone for a decisive second frame for the Red and Blue.
Dayton used a 17-0 run midway through the second half to push its lead to 63-41with 7:35 left. The game was no closer than 18 points the rest of the way. Dayton's relentless man-to-man defense held the Blue Hose to 24.1 percent shooting from the floor in the second half and 33.3 percent for the game (18-for-54).
Jake Troyli and Chase Holmes scored 12 points apiece to lead Presbyterian (2-10), which started five freshmen.
Wright was six of eight from the floor, with three dunks. Over the last four games, 11 of his 22 field goals have been slam dunks. Wright was also tied for the game high in rebounds with eight. Sophomore guard Paul Williams also had a career-high eight boards while Devin Searcy and Benson added a career-high seven apiece.
Dayton dominated Presbyterian on the boards, 46-26.
No Dayton starter played more than 22 minutes in the game. UD is 33-0 at home with Chris Wright in the lineup. Dayton is 26-3 with Rob Lowery in the lineup no matter where the game is played. UD's two losses are to No. 8 Villanova and No. 17 Kansas State, who have a combined record of 19-2.
Saturday's game was an homage to several historical icons of Dayton basketball. It was a reunion of Flyer basketball players who played before the University of Dayton Arena was built in 1969, and 30 of those players were introduced at halftime. The current Flyers wore throwback uniforms patterned after those worn in the 1960's. And the 8 millionth UD fan in UD Arena history attended the game, and the Flyer Faithful was saluted during a timeout.
Dayton remains at home to host the Appalachian State Mountaineers in its last non-conference game before Christmas. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on Monday and is part of a doubleheader with the women's basketball team who face the Butler Bulldogs at 5:00 p.m. on Blackburn Court.