The Flyers, now ranked 22nd in both top 25 polls, seek their ninth straight victory Tuesday at Davidson. They haven’t won that many games in a row since the 2007-08 team won 12 straight. That’s the longest UD winning streak in the last 50 years.
That 2007-08 team started the season 13-1 and rose to No. 17 in the poll. It then lost eight of its next 11 games.
Here’s a look back at the 12th victory in that streak, a 68-57 overtime win at Saint Louis. Mark Gokavi, of the Dayton Daily News, covered the game.
UD topples Saint Louis in OT
Roberts leads way with 30 points in 68-57 victory; No. 17 Flyers improve to 14-1 and 2-0 in A-10.
ST. LOUIS — Brian Roberts seemingly willed the University of Dayton through regulation against host Saint Louis on Saturday night. Overtime was a slam dunk — a Charles Little slam dunk.
Roberts scored 30 points and tossed an alley-oop to Little for a four-point overtime lead in what became a 68-57 victory at the Scottrade Center. The 17th-ranked Flyers outscored the Billikens 13-2 in OT to improve to 14-1 and 2-0 in the Atlantic 10. St. Louis falls to 9-7 and 0-2.
“It’s always good to get a road win,” said Little, who had 16 points and four rebounds. “They always play us tough. To come in here and get a win was good for us.”
Roberts made 8-of-17 field goals, 3-of-9 from behind the arc and 11-of-12 free throws.
“Brian wasn’t shooting as well as he can, but he recognized it so he drove the ball more and was able to draw fouls,” UD coach Brian Gregory said. “I had no idea he had 30 points, but he only took 17 shots.
“He did a great job of pushing even when they weren’t letting us score in transition. That persistence paid off in that lob to Charles. That was a back-breaker.”
St. Louis got 19 points from Luke Meyer, 19 from Tommie Liddell and 13 from Kevin Lisch. The Billikens used a suffocating defense to smother most of UD’s inside players.
But Little drove to the basket and cashed in, especially when UD trailed 38-35 and couldn’t get in a rhythm offensively.
“That’s what he does when he’s aggressive,” Roberts said. “He can make shots.”
So can Roberts, whose 3-pointer put UD up 62-55 in OT. Roberts didn’t make the shot to win it in regulation, but he made a bunch.
“I think we’re spoiled,” Little said of Roberts. “He’s the man. That’s all there is to it. He carries us when he needs to. I see it every day in practice. I really don’t understand exactly how good he is because I see it all the time, so I’m used to it.”