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Dayton Flyers reach Elite Eight

Dayton Flyers reach Elite Eight

CINDERELLA STORY: Dayton guard Jordan Sibert (24) celebrates a three-point shot against Stanford during the second half in a regional semifinal game at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 27, in Memphis, Tenn. Dayton won 82-72. Photo: Associated Press/John Bazemore

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Jordan Sibert scored 18 points, Kendall Pollard added a season-high 12 and Dayton rolled past Stanford 82-72 on Thursday to make the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight for the first time since 1984.

No. 11 seed Dayton (26-10) continued its underdog run and this one wasn’t particularly close. The 6-foot-4 Sibert was spectacular, slashing to the basket and draining 3-pointers, to help the Flyers lead for almost the entire night.

Dayton showed its depth early, using 12 players in the first half to slowly wear down Stanford. Next up, the Flyers play top-seeded Florida in the South Regional final for a spot in the Final Four.

No. 10 seed Stanford (23-13) had the superior post play, but it wasn’t enough. Chasson Randle led the Cardinal with 21 points, but shot 5 of 21 from the field. Dwight Powell added 17 and Stefan Nastic — who fouled out with more than five minutes left — had 15.

University of Dayton students are becoming known for their rowdy street parties celebrating the latest basketball win — and Thursday night was no exception.

After hundreds of students showed up at UD Arena to watch the Flyers beat Stanford on big screens, thousands thronged the streets around campus to celebrate the team’s first NCAA Elite Eight appearance in three decades.

Police said some bottles and cans were thrown at police in riot gear trying to disperse the dancing and screaming crowds. Dayton police reported 28 arrests on campus.

The Dayton Daily News reports that emergency crews responded to a roof collapse on a porch near campus, but there were no details about injuries.

The Flyers will play the University of Florida in the next round of the tournament on Saturday.

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