University of Dayton students in the Red Scare section at UD Arena wore T-shirts bearing the numbers 21 and 22 Saturday night, honoring two seniors who have played in two NCAA tournaments and will likely find themselves in a third in two weeks.
UD honored No. 21 Dyshawn Pierre and No. 22 Bobby Wehrli on Saturday night before the regular-season finale against Virginia Commonwealth.
“Both of these are going to have their own legacy,” Dayton coach Archie Miller said earlier in the week.
Pierre ranked 24th in UD history in scoring entering the game (1,381 points) and 14th in rebounding (805).
“The amount of games he’s played, the amount of points he’s scored, the rebounds, he’ll go down as one of the better players to play here,” Miller said. “He’s a guy we’ve relied on and leaned on a lot.”
The former walk-on Wehrli appeared in 29 games as a junior, earning a scholarship midway through the season. He rarely saw the court for most of this but has played important minutes in recent weeks.
“Bobby was a guy when we got him was a practice-squad guy,” Miller said. “He turned himself not only a team guy but an important cog. He’s helped us win games.”
Packed house: This was the sixth sellout of the season, two short of the school record of eight set in 1969 when UD Arena opened. UD also sold out the Arkansas, Saint Louis, La Salle, Saint Bonaventure and Rhode Island games. It was the 112th sellout in the history of UD Arena.
Late start: The earlier game on the CBS Sports Network, Evansville vs. Indiana State, went long, and Dayton’s game got pushed back from an 8:06 start to 8:15 p.m.
Around the A-10: Duquesne (16-16, 6-12) upset St. Joseph’s 78-70 on Senior Night for the Hawks (24-7, 13-5). Micah Mason led the Dukes with 28 points. Duquense shot 50 percent from the field. The Hawks shot 25 percent from 3-point range (9 of 36).
• Rhode Island (17-14, 9-9) lost 64-61 at Fordham (17-12, 8-10). Ryan Rhoomes led Fordham, which has won four straight games, with 27 points.
• George Washington (22-9, 11-7) lost 87-80 at Davidson (18-11, 10-8). Jack Gibbs led the Wildcats with 31 points.
TV schedule: The American Sports Network will televise the first game of the tournament Wednesday. The four Thursday games and Friday quarterfinals will be on the NBC Sports Network. The CBS Sports Network will televise the semifinals at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday.
CBS will air the championship game at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The NCAA tournament Selection Show airs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 13 on CBS. The show expands from one hour to two hours this year and starts earlier. It has started at 6 p.m. for many years.