Looking back: Flyers won 30 straight at home from 2008-10

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Chris Wright dunks against GW in 2010. Teesha McClam/Staff

The Flyers are on quite a run at UD Arena, one of the longest in their history.

The 15-game home winning streak they take into a 7 p.m. game at UD Arena against Richmond on Saturday is tied with four other streaks for the seventh longest in school history.

Most of Dayton’s great home winning streaks came early in its history. It won 16 straight at home in 1961, 17 straight in 1950, 18 straight in 1957, 20 straight in 1964 and 21 straight in 1959.

The longest home winning streak in school history lasted from March of 2008 to January of 2010. The Flyers won 30 games in a row. Here’s a look back at the 30th victory in that streak. This story by former UD beat writer Doug Harris appeared in the Jan. 21, 2010, edition of the Dayton Daily news.

Flyers dominate early

UD star Chris Wright keeps his home winning streak alive in helping build a large lead.

DAYTON — Chris Wright misfired on his first seven shots against George Washington, but the University of Dayton basketball star eventually found his form offensively and led his team to victory — not that anyone should be surprised. When Wright suits up at UD Arena, good things generally happen.

The junior forward had 14 points and 12 rebounds as UD built a 24-point lead and coasted to a 66-51 win before 12,630 fans Wednesday, Jan. 20. He’s now 37-0 during his career in the Flyers’ home chalet.

“I don’t know what it is. I just take it to another level,” said Wright, who is averaging 16.3 points per game at home this season and 10.6 away from UD Arena. “There’s just all the energy and all the great players who played on that floor before. Everybody in spirit is out there with us — the ones who are still living and even the ones who have passed. It’s fun being out there.”

The Flyers (14-4, 3-1 Atlantic 10) certainly had a rollicking good time while getting contributions from all. Marcus Johnson had 13 points, Mickey Perry 11 and Chris Johnson 10.

Although they made just four of their first 17 shots, the Flyers built a 22-11 lead with 8:49 to go in the first half with the help of a technical foul on GW for having too many players on the floor. Sound familiar?

The Colonials (11-6, 1-3) were tagged for the same sub mix-up with 21 seconds to go in a twopoint home loss to UD last year. Chris Johnson made both free throws on the tech.

The Flyers, who have won 30 straight home games, had a 38-26 halftime lead and scored the first six points of the second half, the last three coming on an alley-oop dunk by Wright, who also was fouled and cashed in the three-point play.

“Even against all that (defensive) pressure, our guys were dialed in with what they had to do,” UD coach Brian Gregory said. “Those first 36 minutes, those guys executed the game plan near flawlessly.”

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