DAYTON - James Kelly held his own personal dunk contest as he led the Express men's basketball team to a 98-73 road win over Sinclair Community College.
The sophomore threw down seven dunks on his way to totals of 30 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. He finished 14-for-23 from the field.
He entered the game needing just seven points to reach 1,000 for his career. After hitting a jumper, a lay-up and throwing down his first dunk to give the Express a 6-0 lead just three minutes into the game, Kelly was on the brink of history.
Then, with 15:21 left in the half, Kelly completed an alley-oop dunk fromMarkese Allen to give him 1,001 career points. It gave the Express a 12-3 lead at the time.
He would add three more dunks in the first half while totaling 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one block in the half alone.
As a team, the Express took their largest lead of the half, 20 points, into the break as they led 49-29.
Kelly picked back up where he left off, scoring six of his team's first nine points of the second half - including his sixth dunk. He ended his night with back-to-back baskets - including the capper - his seventh dunk of the game for his 29th and 30th points.
Sinclair got within 10 in the second half, at 65-55, with 12:35 left, but that was as close as they would get. The Express held their largest lead of the game, 27, at 92-65 with 3:56 left.
Franklin Lindsey added 15 points and eight rebounds (four offensive) for the Express, while Tony Boykins had 12 points, five rebounds and two assists. Jay Marquette was the fourth player in double figures with 10 points, while adding six rebounds.
Sinclair was led by Drew Moore, who had 27 points. He struggled from the field (6-for-19), but made 11-for-13 from the foul line. Trace Cureton added 11, while Charlie Byers had 10 points.
The Express shot 48.1 percent compared to 34.8 percent for Sinclair from the field. They outrebounded the Tartan Pride 53-38 and turned the ball over only 12 times.