It went down this weekend, the matchup no one was yearning to see:
The venerable Flyer News gives us the scoop:
Prior to Saturday, April 21, it had been 14 years since an entire University of Dayton men’s basketball graduating class had played and defeated Wright State University.
Restart the clock as Dayton’s outgoing class beat the Raiders 126-107 at Fairborn High School in Fairborn, Ohio.
Since the schools last met in the 1997 Gem City Jam at UD Arena, there have been no efforts to renew what some fans think could be a great rivalry. Rather than waiting it out, Greene County Council on Aging took the matter into its own hands. In 2011, the council hosted the first annual Alumni Game, a fundraiser that Dayton won in the final seconds, 105-104.
“It was good to finally get to play Wright State,” redshirt senior Josh Parker said. “We never got the chance to do it during my [years at UD], so it was fun to come out here and compete with them.”
Parker, who finished with 30 points and six rebounds, said that it will be interesting to see if the schools start to reconsider the game’s hiatus moving forward.
“We’ve played with them before,” senior forward Luke Fabrizius said. “We know what they bring to the table from open gym sessions.”
Fabrizius finished with 40 points, 24 of which came on three point shots. Paul Williams contributed a free throw. Justin Hinders, a senior information management systems major who was asked by the seniors to play, provided 11 points and 10 boards. While not a member of the team, Hinders has been heavily involved in university intramural games at the RecPlex.
Perhaps this game will get people talking. Fabrizius said he believes it will.
“I think that anybody who is a fan of either team would love to see this game,” Fabrizius said. “Hearing [their cheers] when I stepped on the court was electrifying.”
Luke Fab finally dropped 40, finally. Paul Willie scored a point, which seems about right for a man operating on that level of indifference. The story, of course, is Justin Hinders. Cinderella story, out of nowhere.