For the first time in 30 years, the Dayton Flyers will be playing in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament. The 11-seed Cinderella upended 10-seed Stanford Thursday night to continue on their magical run.
Dayton got even contributions from across the board, as four players scored in double figures and only one player who received playing time didn’t score for the Flyers. Jordan Silbert paced the Flyers with 18 points.
Dayton opened up their scoring when they busted out on a 13-2 run late in the first half to gain a 34-23 lead on the Cardinal. The Flyers carried that lead into halftime, controlling the game by a score of 42-32.
Stanford would not go away quietly, though. A quick 11-5 run by the Cardinal drew them within four with 15:52 remaining in the game. Stanford never trailed by more than 12 points the rest of the way, but was not able to muster a comeback.
Stanford center Stefan Nastic, who served as the team’s physical presence in the paint, fouled out of the game with just over 5 minutes remaining while his team was down by eight and still had a chance to come back. Stanford was out-scored 11-9 after their anchor was taken out of the game en route to a 82-72 loss. Nastic finished with 15 points and pulled in just two rebounds.
The win puts the Flyers one game away from being the lowest seed since the 2008 11-seed VCU Rams to make the Final Four, but have to get past either number one overall seed Florida or four-seed UCLA to do so.