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1967 Dayton Flyers to be honored March 1

Team celebrating 50th anniversary of NCAA runner-up finish


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UD finished 25-6 in 1967 and lost title game to UCLA.

The 1967 Dayton Flyers will return to UD Arena on March 1 to be honored 50 years after their runner-up finish in the NCAA tournament.

Coach Don Donoher, leading scorer Don May and many other players will be on hand for an 8 p.m. game against Virginia Commonwealth. The team will be honored at a reception before the game and during a timeout during the game.

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Dayton will its seniors that night, and the Atlantic 10 regular-season title could be on the line. UD and VCU are tied at 8-2 with eight games to play.

The Flyers finished 25-6 in 1966-67. They beat Western Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and North Carolina before losing to UCLA in the national title game at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky.

Ten years ago, the 1967 team was honored on the 40th anniversary of its magical season. Bobby Joe Hooper was one of the players who attended that event.

“We were so well-prepared,” Hooper said then. “I always say we rode the shoulders of the two Dons (Donoher and May). We had the right guys on the bus, and we had the right guy driving.”



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