Dayton's Cinderella run comes to an end

Canadian and Dayton Flyers forward Dyshawn Pierre drives defended by Florida Gators forward Will...

Canadian and Dayton Flyers forward Dyshawn Pierre drives defended by Florida Gators forward Will Yeguete and Scottie Wilbekin during the second half at FedExForum. (Nelson Chenault/USA TODAY Sports)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:33 PM ET

In the Elite Eight for the fourth straight year, the Florida Gators finally got over the hump Saturday at the expense of Cinderella Dayton.

All of the heartbreak of three exits at this point was washed away by the No. 1 overall seeds, who found the answers to what eluded Dayton’s 29 previous opponents, who each had come up short.

The Flyers haven’t seen many physical specimens like Florida’s Patric Young, a sturdy, 6-foot-9, 240 pound centre, and Young, known more for his defence, carried the offensive load early, scoring 12 points (while still blocking three shots at the other end). He slowed down from there, but the damage had been done.

With guards Scottie Wilbekin and Michael Frazier II on fire from deep, Dayton was in trouble.

Florida (36-2), has not lost since Dec. 2 and set a school record for wins in a season.

The Gators came in allowing just 57.8 points a game, third in the NCAA, and held a potent Flyers squad to 52.


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