DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Shortly after the game between the University of Dayton Flyers and the Florida Gators ended, there were more police in the streets than revelers.
There was a heavy police presence on campus all day Saturday.
Numerous arrests were reported following each of the Flyer’s previous tournament wins. But, UD officials stepped up their rhetoric ahead of Saturday’s Elite Eight game and issued a warning to students.
The warning comes after Thursday’s revelry when officers from at least six jurisdictions responded to campus to help UD police keep celebrations safe. Dayton Police said 27 people were arrested, including 13 student for charges ranging from disorderly conduct to aggravated rioting to felonious assault.
Ahead of Saturday, the University sent out an e-mail to all students asking them to keep streets clear and open for emergency vehicle access.
University officials also reminded students that they won’t tolerate them throwing items, setting fires, and climbing on top of cars or buildings.
Dayton Police held a news conference Friday to discuss Thursday’s melee and to reinforce that there will be an added police presence patrolling campus Saturday as the Dayton Flyers take on the Florida Gators. OSP troopers will also be joining the force.
School officials say students arrested or caught violating policies could face disciplinary action or suspension.
The university hosted a student-only watch party at the RecPlex on Evanston.
More than 400 students came to cheer on the Flyers.
Those students continued to chant and clap until the last second ticked off the clock.
Despite Dayton’s loss, fans tell me they’re proud of their team.
“Thank you so much for lifting us together, bringing us together and we’ll be back next year,” says UD sophomore Mason Diplana.
“We are UD. We support UD until the end and they made it this far. Just because they fall off or came off a little bit at the end of the game, we’re still going to support them til it’s over,” explains UD graduate student Jada Henderson.
“I’m still impressed by the heart and spirit of this team and that just comes from Archie and Devin and the boys. Everyone thought we should just give up. Number 6 in the conference, just another ho-hum Dayton year. But, we stuck it out. We kept fighting and even against a great team like Florida, we kept fighting,” comments UD sophomore John Pike.