“I think it’s been great,” Jay said, “Not just learning from the coaches but the players around him about how to be a great teammate. He’s made great relationship with teammates, coaches, friends at the University of Dayton, and I think if he could do it all over again, he’d come right back here to the University of Dayton. I’m very proud of him. It’s a great accomplishment to stick with the program the way he has as a walk-on and keep grinding it out.”
Joey didn’t score in his final game at UD Arena, but Jay will always remember Joey’s first career 3-pointer against Virginia Commonwealth in January.
“That 3-pointer was awesome,” Jay said. “We were watching on TV. I almost blew my Achilles I jumped up so high. It was great. He pulled the trigger and made one.”
More seniors: In addition to senior guards Darrell Davis and Joey Gruden, Dayton honored three student managers before the game: four-year managers Aaron Horn (Troy Christian High School) and Jack Needles (Bexley High School); and three-year manager Trevor Gonzalez (St. Francis High School in San Jose, Calif).
Looking ahead: The Atlantic 10 tournament starts Wednesday at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., with 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. games featuring the bottom four seeds.
Dayton’s victory and La Salle’s loss at St. Joseph’s means the Flyers (14-16, 8-10) will start the tournament in one of the four second-round games Thursday. Dayton’s seed — likely a No. 8, 9 or 10 — depended on the late A-10 games Saturday.