Duquesne cheerleaders tossed T-shirts into the crowd throughout the game against Dayton on Saturday at the CONSOL Energy Center.
Dyshawn Pierre on Saturday at Duquesne. David Jablonski/Staff
The Flyer Faithful took over the CONSOL Energy Center on Saturday. I’d guess 60-70 percent of the crowd of 5,227 wore the Dayton red and blue.
But a road game is a road game. The Flyers took a four-plus hour bus trip to get here. The Duquesne players walked a couple snowy blocks.
For many reasons, it’s hard to win on the road in college basketball. Dayton beat Duquesne by 26 points at UD Arena in January. They lost 83-73 to Duquesne on Pittsburgh on Saturday (photos here). VCU and Rhode Island escaped Duquesne with close victories. Dayton did not. For now that is the difference between first and second place for the Flyers.
Here are five things to take from the game:
1. Free T-shirts do not appease frustrated fans.
Twitter had a lot of fun with my tweet about a UD fan getting kicked out of the game. We had several eyewitness accounts that confirmed he was booted by overzealous usher for throwing a free T-shirt back to the court. An entire section of UD fans applauded the guy as he headed for the exit.
My game story: