The Dayton Flyers stunned everyone on Thursday when they disposed of the Ohio State Buckeyes to advance to the Round of 32, and on Saturday, they did it once again, this time by getting rid of the third-seeded Syracuse Orange to now advance to the Sweet 16, 55-53.
With time running off the clock after a missed free throw, the ball was in the hands of the only man Syracuse could have hoped for, Tyler Ennis, but unlike the miracle he pulled off at Pittsburgh earlier this season, the shot clanged off the rim and the deal was sealed for the Flyers who will continue to play on.
Dyshawn Pierre was spectacular in this one, leading the way in the victory with 14 points and six rebounds. Devin Oliver contributed seven points and 10 rebounds as the Flyers went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the nation, and eventually came out on top.
For Syracuse, this is a tough way to end a season in which, at one point, they were 25-0. However, things did not work out down the stretch, beginning with an early exit from the ACC Tournament, and ending with Saturday’s events.