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NCAA tournament: Ohio State, Iowa State, Iona

In this triptych, OSU's Sam Thompson dunks during an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

More second round action: (2) Ohio State vs (15) Iona and (7) Notre Dame vs (10) Iowa State. OSU crushed Iona by 25 points. The game was a dunkfest for OSU’s Sam Thompson, seen above. Thompson scored a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. In the second game, Iowa State beat up on ND 76-58.

OSU's Aaron Craft pauses before tip off of an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

OSU's Sam Thompson passes before landing out of bounds during an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

OSU mascot, Brutus, cheers during an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

A ball falls through the net during an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

OSU's Sam Thompson (12) pressures Iona's Sean Armand (22) as he shoots during an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

Iona's Lamont Jones pauses during an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

Iona's David Laury covers his face during an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

The Iona team walks down court during an NCAA tournament second round game between Ohio State and Iona at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Ohio State won, 95-70.

Iowa State's Chris Babb reacts after a point during an NCAA tournament second round game between Notre Dame and Iowa State at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Iowa State won, 76-58.

Iowa State's mascot, Cy, cheers during an NCAA tournament second round game between Notre Dame and Iowa State at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Iowa State won, 76-58.

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NCAA Tournament at UD Arena: Indiana vs JMU

Indiana, the No. 1 seed in the west region, played (16) James Madison University during the second round. Here are a few of my favorites of Zeller, Oladipo, & co. Indiana won handily 83-62.

Indiana's Cody Zeller (40) dunks during an NCAA tournament second round game between Indiana and James Madison University at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Indiana won, 83-62.

From left, Indiana's Will Sheehey, Kevin Yogi Ferrell and Cody Zeller talk between plays during an NCAA tournament second round game between Indiana and James Madison University at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Indiana won, 83-62.

Indiana's Kevin Yogi Ferrel reacts after a 3-pointer during an NCAA tournament second round game between Indiana and James Madison University at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Indiana won, 83-62.

indiana's Victor Oladipo dribbles during an NCAA tournament second round game between Indiana and James Madison University at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Indiana won, 83-62.

Indiana's Cody Zeller dunks during an NCAA tournament second round game between Indiana and James Madison University at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Indiana won, 83-62.

Indiana's Remy Abell (23) and Victor Oladipo cheer during a timeout in an NCAA tournament second round game against James Madison University at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Indiana won, 83-62.

Photographers sit on the baseline during an NCAA tournament second round game between Indiana and James Madison University at UD Arena, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Indiana won, 83-62.

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NCAA Tournament at UD Arena: First Four

In March, the University of Dayton and UD Arena were privileged to host not only the NCAA Division I First Four but also the second and third rounds. With UD Arena being my home arena, I got to shoot it all. What an opportunity to shoot a lot of basketball!

For the start of this year’s tourney, UD Arena hosted North Carolina A&T vs Liberty, Middle Tennessee vs St. Mary’s (Calif.), LIU Brooklyn vs James Madison University, & Boise State vs La Salle. While they weren’t the most talented teams in the country, it was fun to have four games over the two evenings with the arena all NCAA’d out.

Here are my favorites from the eight hours of games from March Madness’ First Four.

General view during an NCAA tournament first round game between La Salle University and Boise State at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio.

Liberty's Andrew Smith catches a pass for an alley-oop during an opening round NCAA tournament game against North Carolina A&T at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. NCAT won 73-72.

Middle Tennessee State's Neiko Hunter shoots during an opening round NCAA tournament game against Saint Mary's at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Saint Mary's won 67-54.

Middle Tennessee State's Tavares Speaks (14) tries to shoot as a Saint Mary's defender pressures during an opening round NCAA tournament game at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Saint Mary's won 67-54.

Liberty's John Caleb Sanders shoots during an opening round NCAA tournament game against North Carolina A&T at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. NCAT won 73-72.

Liberty's Tavares Speaks covers his face as he walks off the court following a one point loss to North Carolina A&T during an opening round NCAA tournament game at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. NCAT won 73-72.

Liberty's John Caleb Sanders lays on the baseline after he missed a game-winning shot with less than two seconds remaining during an opening round NCAA tournament game against North Carolina A&T at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. NCAT won 73-72.

General view during an NCAA tournament first round game between La Salle University and Boise State at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio.

Boise State's Anthony Drmic reacts after the final seconds expire during an NCAA tournament first round game between La Salle University and Boise State at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. La Salle won, 80-71.

LIU Brooklyn's Jamal Olaseware walks off the court after a loss during an NCAA tournament first round game against James Madison University at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. JMU won, 68-55.

General view during an NCAA tournament first round game between La Salle University and Boise State at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio.

Combo of shoes during  an NCAA tournament first round game between La Salle University and Boise State at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. La Salle won, 80-71.

JMU's Andre Nation (15) blocks LIU's C.J. Reed during an NCAA tournament first round game between LIU Brooklyn and James Madison University at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. JMU won, 68-55.

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Atlantic 10 basketball at Barclays Center: Part II

Virginia Commonwealth University's Briante Weber dives for a loose ball during an Atlantic 10 basketball tournament game against the University of Massachusetts at Barclays Center, March 16, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won 71-62 and advances in the tournament.

This is a continuation from Part I, which can be seen here. I shot nine games over four days. It was difficult sitting cross-legged for so many hours, but it was worth it. It’s not everyday that I get to shoot in such a well-lit arena. This was a great warm up for the NCAA tournament games coming to UD Arena just a few days after this tourney ended. I’ll be posting my favorite frames from the tourney in an upcoming post.

Virginia Commonwealth University's Briante Weber dunks during a game against Saint Joseph's University during the Atlantic 10 tournament at Barclays Center, March 15, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won, 82-79.

Virginia Commonwealth's Treveon Graham shoots under heavy pressure from Saint Louis defenders during the Atlantic 10 championship game at Barclays Center, March 17, 2013, in Brooklyn. SLU won 62-56.

Saint Louis' Dwayne Evans tries to grab a rebound during the Atlantic 10 championship game against Virginia Commonwealth at Barclays Center, March 17, 2013, in Brooklyn. SLU won 62-56.

Virginia Commonwealth University's Treveon Graham shoots during a game against Saint Joseph's University during the Atlantic 10 tournament at Barclays Center, March 15, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won, 82-79.

Virginia Commonwealth University's Treveon Graham shoots as he's pressured by University of Massachusetts' Maxie Esho during an Atlantic 10 basketball tournament game at Barclays Center, March 16, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won 71-62 and advances in the tournament.

Virginia Commonwealth and Massachusetts player reach for a rebound during an Atlantic 10 basketball tournament game at Barclays Center, March 16, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won 71-62 and advances in the tournament.

University of Massachusetts' Terrell Vinson (33) holds the ball away from Virginia Commonwealth's Briante Weber (2) during an Atlantic 10 basketball tournament game at Barclays Center, March 16, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won 71-62 and advances in the tournament.

Virginia Commonwealth University head coach Shaka Smart talks to his team during an Atlantic 10 basketball tournament game against University of Massachusetts at Barclays Center, March 16, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won 71-62 and advances in the tournament.

Virginia Commonwealth's Rob Brandenberg gets fouled on the way to the basket by a Saint Louis defender during the Atlantic 10 championship game at Barclays Center, March 17, 2013, in Brooklyn. SLU won 62-56.

Temple University's Khalif Wyatt shoots under pressure  during an Atlantic 10 tournament game against University of Massachusetts at Barclays Center, March 15, 2013, in Brooklyn. UMass won, 79-74.

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Atlantic 10 basketball at Barclays Center: Part I

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) hides his face as the final seconds expire during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

In March, I had the opportunity to go to Brooklyn to cover the Atlantic 10 tournament at the brand new Barclays Center. The University of Dayton got knocked out in the first round, but I stayed around through the championship and made pictures. The facility is amazing– the media work room, the media meals, the court, the architecture, etc. I’m really looking forward to going back in March 2014. After a busy semester, here is part 1 of 2:

University of Dayton freshman forward Dyshawn Pierre (21) trips during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) grabs a rebound during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

University of Dayton head coach Archie Miller during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) closes his eyes as he came off the floor late during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) hides his face as the final seconds expire during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) reacts after the final seconds expired after a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

From left, University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson and redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard hang their heads during a post game press conference after a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

Xavier University junior Isaiah Philmore reacts to losing to Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 tournament, 58-57, at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn.

Virginia Commonwealth University's Melvin Johnson lays a ball in during a game against Saint Joseph's during the Atlantic 10 tournament at Barclays Center, March 15, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won, 82-79.

The Virginia Commonwealth University bench reacts to a 3-pointer during a game against Saint Joseph's during the Atlantic 10 tournament at Barclays Center, March 15, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won, 82-79.

Virginia Commonwealth University's Justin Tuoyo tries to grab a ball being inbounded during a game against Saint Joseph's during the Atlantic 10 tournament at Barclays Center, March 15, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won, 82-79.

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Dayton falls at Xavier… yet again

The Xavier University student section holds up posters of the presidents who have been in office since the University of Dayton men's basketball team won against Xavier in Cincinnati during a game at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

UD hasn’t won against Xavier on their on turf since Jan. 10, 1981. Jimmy Carter was president then. The streak continued last night as they lost, 66-61.

From left, junior electrical engineering major Wade Schroeder and junior pre-medicine major Alex Bertke look over the court before a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) shoots during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) passes during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

Xavier University forward Jeff Robinson goes up for a dunk over University of Dayton freshman forward and center Jalen Robinson (12) at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton head coach Archie Miller yells to his team during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) shoots during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) shoots while getting pressure from Xavier University's Isaiah Philmore during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) drives to the basket during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) is blocked by Xavier University forward Justin Martin during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton freshman forward and center Jalen Robinson (12) shoots during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

Xavier University guard Semaj Christon gets pressured during a shot by University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) and freshman forward and center Jalen Robinson (12) during a game at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

The University of Dayton bench reacts after a Musketeer basket late in the second half during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton junior forward Devin Oliver (5) reacts as the seconds tick down late in the second half during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

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EuroTour: Prague, Czech Republic, and Munich, Germany

Prague Castle is seen, June 3, 2012, in Prague, Czech Republic.

After a great time in Berlin (a city I will be visiting again, if not living in), Dad and I hopped on a train for a quick, one-night stop in Prague, Czech Republic, while en route to Munich, Germany.

Berlin to Prague to Munich

We were now in the country that we both knew the least about. We knew zero Czech words and we had none of their currency either; they aren’t on the euro. As we were pulling into Praha (Czech name of Prague), there was a noticeable difference in the language and writing on the signs. There were also relatively a lot of regular people walking around and across the train tracks. It also looked rather run down. Maybe that’s just what the old communist states look like.

After figuring out the exchange rate of euros (and, in the back of our heads, dollars to euros) to crowns, we were off on the metro in search of our hostel that we got for 12 euros per person! At the time, 1 USD was about 20 crowns. It was cloudy but not too cold, and, knowing we were there for only one evening and were departing to Munich in the late morning, we had to get out and explore. We had dinner at a local restaurant of goulash and some beef with cranberries and drank Budweiser Budvar. Yes Budweiser, but it’s not the American kind. Google ‘Budweiser in the Czech Republic,’ and you can learn about it. With filled stomachs, we went off on foot in search of the Prague Castle which I have been wanting to see for years.

Prague, Czech Republic. Photo by Ethan Klosterman.

Prague Castle is seen, June 3, 2012, in Prague, Czech Republic.

I would have loved to have taken a tour or caught the castle at sunrise too, but this will have to do for my first visit there. We kept walking and wandering around the city as we tried to absorb all the sights and sounds we could.

The next morning, we had a big breakfast at the restaurant at the hostel and were off for a few more hours of exploring before we had to grab our bags and head to the next train.

Prague, Czech Republic. Photo by Ethan Klosterman.

A general view of Old Town Square is seen, June 4, 2012, in Prague, Czech Republic.

Our stay in Prague was nice, but just too short. There was so much I just didn’t get to see. If I were doing it again, I’d cut out the city completely and spend another quality day in another city instead of hours on the train and just a few hours exploring. Quality over quantity.

A number of hours and a couple of trains later, we were in Munich. I was really surprised at how happy I was to be back in a German-speaking country. I’ve only ever taken about 4 classes of the it in 6th grade, but I remember it quite well. Maybe it’s my German heritage trying to call me back. We had a tasty dinner of sausage and Augustiner at a beer garden and were in for the night.

We caught up with a guided tour of Munich for a brief intro to the city and spent the rest of the day walking and hopping on the metro.

People walk around the fountains in Karlsplatz, June 5, 2012, in Munich, Germany.

Munich, Germany, June 5, 2012. Photo by Ethan Klosterman.

A tasty kebab from an all-hours restaurant near the train station later and we were in for the night. I performed a quick, YouTube-guided surgery* (Hi, Dad), and we figured out logistics for our visit to Dachau in the morning.

Our guided tour of Dachau was an important goal of mine. I wanted to get a better feeling for the horror of World War II and what my grandfather was fighting to end. The stories and history we heard were interesting, but I was surprised at how unemotional the tour was for me. It was challenging to think of the terrible things that happened there and across Europe, even through the pictures and a few of the buildings that were still around. It was hard to imagine something so awful happening from my modern day perspective, but I’m very glad we went and experienced it.

Tourist are led on a walking tour through Dachau concentration camp, June 6, 2012, in Dachau, Germany. Dachau was the first of the Nazi concentration camps opened in Germany during World War II.

A long hallway in a Dachau concentration camp building is seen, June 6, 2012, in Dachau, Germany. Dachau was the first of the Nazi concentration camps opened in Germany during World War II.

We made our way back to Munich, a 30 minute train ride, and checked out some of the department stores near Marienplatz. When I go to Germany again, I’m buying authentic lederhosen.

Munich, Germany, June 5, 2012. Photo by Ethan Klosterman.

The interior walls of the Marienplatz U-Bahn station are seen, June 5, 2012, in Munich, Germany.

A couple days of drinking Augustiner, eating sausage at every meal and hearing some funny maypole stories in Munich were over, and we were off to spend a few in Rome!

Jeffrey Klosterman sits in a first class car on a train en route to Munich, Germany, June 4, 2012.

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Dayton snaps Murray State’s 16-game streak

The University of Dayton brought Murray State University’s 16-game road winning streak to a skidding halt, Dec. 22. The Racers came in as favorites considering its 75-58 win against UD last year and its advancement to the round of 32 in this past NCAA tournament. UD, coming off a one point loss to Illinois State four days earlier, played all out and surprised a lot of people with a 77-68 win. It was easily the most exciting game the Flyers have played at home thus far this season. The 12,500+ fans inside UD Arena were as loud as I’ve heard them in many games. It was electric!

Tech note: I set up a post remote with a D300s and a 17-35mm f/2.8 set to 17mm (thanks, Erik!) and got lucky a few times. I was also shooting with the Nikon D800e and some different glass for the game (thanks, Isaac!). Word to the wise: if you’re shooting the D800 for sports, make sure you have big CF/SD cards. Those ~37mb RAW files fill up cards very quickly, but the 36 gorgeous megapixels are a welcome change from the usual 12! Cropping heaven!

Murray State University senior guard Isaiah Canaan (3) dunks after a fast break during a game against the University of Dayton at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) pumps his fist as he comes off the floor late in the second half during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

Murray State University senior forward Stacy Wilson (1) battles for rebound with University of Dayton freshman forward Dyshawn Pierre (21) during a game at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) dunks during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton freshman forward and center Jalen Robinson (12) holds up his hands as UD junior forward Devin Oliver (5) falls down after Murray State University senior forward Ed Daniel (2) tried to put up a shot during a game at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton head coach Archie Miller pulls freshman forward Dyshawn Pierre off the court during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) lays in a ball as Murray State University senior forward Ed Daniel (2) puts on pressure at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton junior forward Devin Oliver (5) and Murray State University freshman forward Erik McCree (14) grab at a rebound during a game at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

The University of Dayton student section cheers late in the second half during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

Murray State University senior forward Stacy Wilson (1), senior forward Ed Daniel (2) and University of Dayton freshman forward and center Devon Scott (40) vie for  a rebound during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

Murray State University senior forward Stacy Wilson (1), senior forward Ed Daniel (2) and University of Dayton freshman forward and center Devon Scott (40) vie for  a rebound during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) shoots over Murray State University freshman forward Erik McCree (14) in the first half of a game at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) lays a ball in during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton head coach Archie Miller talks to assistant coach Kevin Kuwik, left, on the sideline during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton junior forward Devin Oliver (5) and redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) react after the final buzzer during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

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UD falls short against Illinois State 74-73

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) reacts to his team missing a last-second, game-winning shot during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

The Flyers were back at home taking on Illinois State University, on Wednesday, Dec. 19. UD faced a physical and quick Redbird team that had them down by two at halftime. The Flyers battled through the second half and had 29 seconds to make the game-winning shot. Despite two attempts in the last 10 seconds, they could not get a shot to fall. The Flyers are now 8-3 on the season.

Even worse than the loss at home was redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard having to leave the game abruptly with about four minutes to go in the second half due to an apparent back problem. I was about five feet from him after he hobbled to the bench, and he sounded like he was in excruciating pain in his “whole back.” After a couple minutes of grimacing and cursing on the bench, he left the gym floor with team trainer Nate Seymour and did not return.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) dribbles down court during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt sophomore forward Matt Derenbecker (15) drives into the lane and gets fouled during the shot by Redbird redshirt freshman guard Nick Zeisloft (15) during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) calls out to his teammates during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton junior forward Devin Oliver (5) shoots an off-balance jump shot during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) gets fouled by Redbird senior forward Jackie Carmichael (32) during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) is blocked by Redbird senior forward Jackie Carmichael (32) during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) shoots over a Redbird defender in the closing minutes of a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) drives inside during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton junior forward Devin Oliver (5) shoots during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton sophomore forward Alex Gavrilovic (25) jumps in front of Redbird senior forward Jackie Carmichael during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) is helped off the court by athletic trainer Nate Seymour, right, late in the second half during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Dillard did not return to the game. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt sophomore forward Matt Derenbecker (15) attempts a 3-pointer during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) reacts to his team missing a last-second, game-winning shot during a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) hangs his head and walks off the court after losing a game against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

University of Dayton head coach Archie Miler walks off the court after his team couldn't make either of two last-second, game-winning shots against Illinois State University at UD Arena, Dec. 19, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. Illinois State won 74-73.

© 2012 Ethan Klosterman