Chris Johnson reaches for a rebound against Boston in 2009. Teesha McClam/Staff
Dayton hosts Boston University at 7 p.m. Saturday. The teams have played once before. Five years ago, the Flyers recorded their 500th victory at UD Arena by beating the Terriers.
Here’s a look back at that game. This is the game story from former Dayton Daily News UD beat writer Doug Harris:
Flyers soar to 500th victory at UD Arena
DAYTON — Three of Chris Wright’s five dunks came on pinpoint passes from London Warren, and the University of Dayton men’s basketball junior forward believes he’s figured out a perfect way to thank his point guard for that helping hand.
“I could take him to the barbershop and pay for his haircut,” Wright cracked. “He always says he’s going to cut those dreadlocks — and it’d be on me.”
Told of Wright’s offer, Warren grinned and replied: “No thanks … no chance.”Rob Lowery scored a career-high 23 points, Wright tallied 19 points and eight rebounds, and Chris Johnson racked up 12 points after missing almost two full games with a concussion in leading the Flyers to a historic 74-60 win over Boston University before a sellout crowd of 13,435 Tuesday, Dec. 29.
The Flyers (10-2), who have won eight straight games and 27 in a row at home, notched the 500th victory in 40 seasons at UD Arena.
Warren had just one turnover while finishing with nine assists, including a wondrous half-court ally-oop to a streaking Wright.
“Chris was getting out running, and I was just throwing it up. I know he’ll go get it,” Warren said. “All the guys were running the court well. Our transition game was making it easy on ourselves.”
Warren didn’t hesitate on hoisting the half-court pass.
“Once I’d seen (the defender) backpedaling, I knew he wouldn’t be able to catch up,” Warren said.
The Terriers (5-7) fell behind 17-2, but cut the deficit to 54-50 with 14:24 to go. Wright, though, scored six straight points to drag UD out of danger.
BU coach Patrick Chambers called the Flyers a Top 25-caliber team because of “their depth, how hard they play, their coach (Brian Gregory) — he’s a great coach. They did a helluva job exposing some of our weaknesses. They wore us down.”