Dayton to play local Division II program in exhibition game

The Dayton Flyers filled one of the holes on their 2019-20 men’s basketball schedule Monday, announcing they will play Cedarville University in an exhibition game at 5 p.m. Nov. 2 at UD Arena.

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The exhibition game will be the first chance for UD fans to see four transfers in Dayton uniforms as well as the team’s one freshman, Moulaye Sissoko. Fans will also get to see UD Arena after the third and final phase of the three-year, $72 million renovation project. The Dayton women’s team plays an exhibition game Nov. 1 if fans want to see the arena one night earlier.

Cedarville, a Division II program, is also playing another exhibition game against a Division I program. It plays Ohio State on Oct. 30 in Columbus. Last season, Cedarville lost 70-50 to Akron and 58-39 to Wright State in exhibition games.

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Dayton and Cedarville once played regularly in the regular season. They met 28 times between the 1904-05 and the 1949-50 seasons. Dayton won 23 of the games.

Cedarville finished 21-12 last season, ending a streak of five straight losing seasons. Coach Pat Estepp, a 1997 Cedarville graduate who helped the program transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II in 2012, enters his 11th season at Cedarville. He has a career record of 202-135.

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