DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – By all accounts, everything went according to plan at the University of Dayton on Wednesday night.
Students and fans cheered and chanted after the Flyers’ single-point victory over Boise State. Then, most of them went home.
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2 NEWS spotted some students celebrating on their porches on Kiefaber Street, but the streets were mostly clear by 1 a.m.
It’s a much different scene than the one that erupted in March 2014 after the Flyers defeated Stanford in the NCAA tournament, advancing to the Elite Eight. Police in riot gear were called in to clear the hundreds of fans out of the streets. More than two dozen people were arrested. Others were hurt by bottles and cans that were thrown.
This year, officers started patrolling even before the game started. The University also sent an email to students ahead of the game, reminding them to act responsibly,respectfully, and follow the law.
2 NEWS spotted a painted banner hanging outside one home that read, “Please drink responsibly.”
Junior Douglas Herzog said, “I like to see the police officers here. They’re only here for our safety. They wanted to make sure that we are all okay staying safe. I think last year we learned from a lot of mistakes maybe, and we can take it forward from there on out.”
The University plans to have extra officers on patrol again Friday night when the Flyers play Providence. That game is in Columbus.