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Published by Swampy Meadows

DAYTON (OH) -- Well, here we are!

VCU vs. UDÖone game, for all the marbles.

The last regular season tilt I can recall having this kind of pre-game buzz and buildup was the Pitt game in 2008 when Brian Roberts went totally crazy on national TV. I was there for that one and it was electric! Prior to that, I have to go all the way back to the Notre Dame games in my undergrad years, where UD knocked off Austin Carr and company when they were highly ranked. Itís gonna be hard to top the comeback on the road at Davidson, but it should be a tremendous atmosphere.

There will be no lack of student support, even tho they are on break as of today. I pulled into the parking lot at 6:30pm and they were lined up waiting to get in and had been there since 4:00pm! The student section is filled an hour before game time. Always a good sign!

Caught up with Matt Schwade from FlyerHoops.net and he said that Don May is sick and wonít be here. Stopped to chat with John R and he told me that Bobby Joe Hooper is ill as well and canít make it. It will still be great to celebrate the 1967 squadís accomplishments 50 years on.

Great video tribute to the seniors before they came out and a very emotional and heartfelt ceremony for the 5 of them. To say they will be missed is an understatement. This game is a total sellout and the Flyers set the single season attendance record for UD Arena this year. Lower bowl seats were going for $200.

The starting lineup features the 4 seniors and the X-Man. Iím sure KD doesnít care if he starts or not, but nice move by Archie to re-insert him into the opening quintet for his last home game.

-- After three offensive rebounds for VCU, KP tries the Larry Bird over-the-backboard shot, which isnít legal, the difference being that Bird made his. Charles gets the party started off a feed from KD. And then Kyle ties up Mo Allie-Cox and itís UD rock and he hits a fade away layup. And then he steals the ball and gets fouled. Good thing he started, eh? After VCU scores 4 unanswered, that man KD goes to the line and splits the pair. Lots of shaky whistles thus far.

-- Scooch twists his way to the rack for the hoop and the harm. 8-4 Flyers after the make. VCU answer with 4 of their own but Josh hits a layup off a feed from Charles. A rugby scrum breaks out and finally DD gets fouled to end it. KP gets whacked by Tillman and makes both for a 12-8 Flyer advantage. Tillman and Scooch swap hoops. Jonathan Williams and KP do likewise. Great D by DD results in a travelling call at the under 12 media TO with Dayton up 16-12.

-- Scooch gets decked and the Red and Blue will be shooting for the last 10:50 of the first half. Doug Brooks drains a three but Charles scores in about 2 seconds after that. John Crosby comes in for Scooch who had yet to sit down. CC threads his way to the rack and itís 22-15 UD. Cros gets called for a silly foul and Scooch coaches him up from the bench. UD leads 22-15 at the under 8 TO and Charles will be at the line for 2 when play resumes. He makes 1-2 and it is 23-15.

-- VCU gets called for a phantom foul and the VCU bench get Tíed up. 26-15 after CC makes 2-3. Josh scores off a feed from CC. CC gets credit for a hoop after a goaltending call then Scooch answers a VCU hoop. Mikesell splashes a three. 35-26 UD at the under 4. UD shooting 60% from the field thus far. KD with the money three! Mo and Scooch swap hoops. Sam gets some burn but then sits after a silly offensive foul. He comes right back in to replace Josh who now has two PF. 43-34 after Kyle makes a pair. Scooch with the steal and the time to CC. TO VCU who trails 45-34 with :44 to go. VCU scores 4 to close the gap to 45-38 at intermission.

-- Red Panda did not drop a single bowlóamazing! David Jablonski from The DDN said he has never seen her perform because heís always busy at the half.

-- Dayton shot 60% (15-25) from the field, 50% from three (2-4) and 76.5% (13-17) at the line in the first twenty minutes.

--Big Mo of VCU scores and Scooch hits a floater. Down to a 4-point difference. Scooch drains a three to restore order. UD somehow gets the ball back and KP scores. Back up 9, 52-43. KP again! Mo Allie-Cox scores yet again and VCU burns a TO. CC with the reverse layup. The crowd gets ugly as KP picks up his fourth. The Flyers gettingí homered by the zebras in their own building. Charles Cooke for three! VCU scoring too easily too close to the hoop. Josh with the reverse and the harm. Up 11 with 13:00 remaining. Sam getting more PT due to KP having 4 PF. Good D leads to a VCU turnover. Darrell Davis for three! CC forces a desperation three as the shot clock expires. 65-53 Dayton with 11:00 on the clock.

-- VCU commits just their second PF with 10 and change to go. Another shot clock violation. Flyers gotta go! Down to 65-59. Josh gets fouled on an inbounds play but only gets 1-2. VCU now in the bonus with 8 minutes left. KD with the steal and the finish! UD getting called for lots of contact under the rim. X-Man joins KP with 4 fouls. 68-60 with 6:55 in the 2nd half.

-- VCU shooting 18% from three. But Scoochie ainít! Mo misses the front-end of a 1-1 but Tillman rebounds the miss, but then misses a chance at a three-point play. Mo Allie-Cox is straight beasting now. Itís down to three after a Lewis lay-in, 71-68 at the under 4 media TO. Itís gotta be KP time, Arch. And it is. Josh drains a desperation jumper as the shot clock sounds!

-- Lewis hits a layup and gets fouled by KD. 73-71. Kendall gets fouled and heads to the line. He makes 1-2. Scooch attempts a wild driving layup in attempt to draw a whistle but there is none. 74-71 with 1:32 to go. Josh gets called for a phantom foul but Lewis only makes 1-2. VCU misses a three and that man Kyle Davis gets fouled by Burgess who is done for the evening. KD gets the Flyer roll on the first; and swishes the second. 76-72. VCU airballs a shot and KP gets the board and is fouled. KP hits them both. 78-72. Scooch will put the finishing touches on this one as he makes 1-2 for a 79-72 Atlantic 10 Undisputed Heavyweight Championship!

Thatís it ďFrom the Swamp.Ē
You can email me at: swampy@udpride.com
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