Flyers’ futility: Dayton loses 28th straight game at Xavier

Kyle Ringo
The Dagger: College Basketball Blog

One of the most head-scratching streaks in college basketball lives on another year.

Dayton held a one-point lead and a sliver of hope for its first win at Xavier in more than 30 years with less than 90 seconds remaining Wednesday night, but the Flyers couldn't hold on and lost for the 28th straight time 66-61 at Xavier.

It's not as if Dayton has been the dregs of college basketball during the streak. The Flyers have made the NCAA tournament seven times during the streak, including four times in the past 13 years. It was the fourth straight season they have come close to ending the streak. They lost in overtime at Xavier last year, lost by five points in the 2010-11 season and by four points in 2009-10.

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The Flyers didn't need any reminders of their futility on the road against the Musketeers, but Xavier students didn't mind providing some. They displayed posters of every U.S. President who has been in office since the last time the Flyers won on the road in the series Jan. 10, 1981.

Those presidents are Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

The Flyers might not get a better opportunity to end the streak any time soon. Xavier has struggled this season with a young team after going to the NCAA tournament in 11 of the past 12 seasons. But Matt Derenbecker's tying 3-pointer rimmed out in the final seconds and Xavier made enough free throws to keep the streak alive.

It was also an opportunity wasted for Dayton to get back into the mix in the A-10 Conference race. The Flyers fell to 2-4 in the conference three games behind Xavier, which is 5-2.

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