Looking back: Dayton’s last game against BG was in 1971

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The Red Scare student section on Saturday. David Jablonski/Staff

It’s hard to believe Dayton hasn’t played Bowling Green since 1971. Only 128 miles of Interstate 75 separate the two schools.

There are two other Division I programs in Ohio the Flyers haven’t faced in the last 40-plus years: Youngstown State (1948) and Ohio (1965). Dayton has played every other D-I team in Ohio since 1997.

The Flyers and Falcons meet again on Tuesday at UD Arena. That’s where they played in 1969 in the first game ever played at UD Arena. The teams met 23 times between the 1923-24 season and the 1971-72 season, but they haven’t played since UD beat the Falcons 87-78 on Dec 1, 1971 at UD Arena.

Here’s a story I found online about that 1971 game (love the old-school phrase “cage action” by the way):


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