UD Flyers take a tough loss in the NCAA Tournament to end their season
INDIANAPOLIS, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – The University of Dayton took a tough loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by falling to Wichita State, and ending their 2017 season.
The Flyers fell 64-58 to the Shockers at the end of the night, but that doesn’t change the fact that the senior class was the best one that UD’s seen so far.
The five seniors leading the team this season won more games as a senior class than anyone else in the history of the UD program. They were led Friday night by the scoring of Scoochie Smith.
Smith hit 50 percent from the field, and scored a game high 25 points. Although the Flyers were leading heading into the locker room, in large part thanks to Smith, they were simply outshot in the second half of the game. Wichita State outscored UD 37-29, ultimately ending the season for the team.
The locker room was pretty somber after the game, even though they knew they had been taking on a team that might have been the most underseeded in the entire tournament.
“I mean we had a great four years, you know,” guard Kyle Davis said. “Being at the university four years with all these guys in this room, you know, we created something special for this university. And it was tough going down tonight in the first round, you know, losing three straight back-to-back, you know, is always hard, but, you know, we started something for the young guys to pick up and, you know, I wish them the best of luck once we leave here.”
“We accomplished a lot,” forward Kendall Pollard said. “I mean, we did everything, we made everything that we set out to do. We made goals before we even came here, before we even touched campus and did a pretty good job of accomplishing everything, except going to the Final Four.”
“I think we just missed shots in the second half,” guard Scoochie Smith said. “I mean the first half we made shots, but we played hard for all 40 minutes of the game and I couldn't be any less proud of my teammates.”
“You know, consistently against them you're going to have to get some of the easy ones,” head coach Archie Miller said, “you're going to have to get some two's and their size bothered us around the rim and, you know, I thought we had some good looks from 3 maybe in the second half and didn't, just didn't go down, but we fought. I mean, we were right there. I'm just proud of our guys and thought we battled as hard as we've battled in a long time and you know, they made a couple of deep plays. There was a couple of transitions there that didn't go our way but you know at the end of the day to win a game like that you got to find a way to score.”