Brian Gregory in his last game at UD Arena in 2011. Ron Alvey/Staff
Former UD coach Brian Gregory returns to Dayton with Georgia Tech on Tuesday for his first game at UD Arena since March 2, 2011.
Saint Louis ruined Dayton’s senior night that day, as you can read below in the game story by former Dayton Daily News UD beat writer Doug Harris. Three years later, the Flyers would ruin the Billikens’ senior night with a victory that helped them get to the NCAA tournament. However, I’m sure that 2011 loss still stings for Chris Wright, Devin Searcy and the Flyer fans who witnessed it.
No one knew at the time it would be Gregory’s last home game with the Flyers. Georgia Tech hired him on March 28, 2011.
SAINT LOUIS 69, DAYTON 51
Senior Night debacle
Fans bail out early as Saint Louis hands Flyers their worst home loss since 1996-97 season.
DAYTON — University of Dayton basketball coach Brian Gregory had high hopes for seniors Chris Wright and Devin Searcy, who went into their final home game needing one victory to become UD’s all-time winningest class.
“You hope that things work out perfectly on Senior Night,” Gregory said. “You get the win, you get to send the seniors off the right way, you get the win that sets them apart in career wins. Unfortunately, in real life, sometimes it doesn’t happen that way.”
Wright, Searcy and the rest of the Flyers certainly were force-fed a sobering dose of reality against Saint Louis on Wednesday, dropping a humiliating 69-51 decision before 12,658 fans, many of whom were darting for the doors with nearly nine minutes to go.
“There’s not one aspect of the game we did well,” Gregory said.
UD fell behind by 16 in the first half while shooting 27 percent from the field and never recovered. Wright had 21 points and seven rebounds and Josh Benson 13 points, but the Billikens (12-17, 6-9 Atlantic 10) shot 53 percent from the field and kept the Flyers’ offense from getting in gear.
UD had just 19 points in the first half. Wright and Benson had nine points each and the rest of the team had one.
The Flyers (19-11, 7-8) shot 33 percent from the field overall in having their Senior Night spoiled by Saint Louis for the second straight year.
Mike McCall scored 17 to lead the Billikens, who lost by 10 at home to the Flyers in the A-10 opener Jan. 5.
“Obviously, I did not do the job that needed to be done in terms of preparing our guys to play the way we needed to play to be successful in this game,” Gregory said.
UD, which trailed by as many as 26, suffered its worst home loss since a 21-point defeat to George Washington in 1996-97.