The Best Game in UD Arena History


The Dayton Flyers surprised the nationally ranked #6 Pittsburgh Panthers blowing out the 3.5 point favorites 80-55 in front of a sold out crowd at UD Arena.         (Highlights from the Game)

Out of all the seasons and games I have been to at UD Arena, this was by far the best game. Sitting center court, two rows behind the scorer’s table, and the game on national television station ESPN 2, while standing up throughout the game and waving my towel like all the other 13,000 Dayton fans made the game and atmosphere of the arena exciting and memorable.

The win will go down as one of Dayton’s greatest wins over a ranked opponent and Dayton will be in the Top 25 for the first time since 2003 when the new polls come out this week.

I remember my freshman year of high school when I was 14 – it was the year for the Flyers as they won the 2003 A-10 regular season championship and the A-10 tournament and went to the 2003 NCAA tournament as a #4 seed and ending the season 25-6 with exciting and impressive wins that season at UD Arena over #9 Marquette in overtime with NBA superstar Dwayne Wade and beating #19 Cincinnati Bearcats for the first time in 20 years.

Hopefully, this year the Flyers can have a season like they did in 2002-2003. Because I believe this is the year for Dayton Flyer basketball.

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