7:00 PM ET, April 1, 2010
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
NEW YORK -- Dayton players danced at midcourt and then lingered on ladders as they cut down the nets at Madison Square Garden.Forgive these Flyers for taking a little extra time to soak it all in. They're not as accustomed to trophy ceremonies as the North Carolina team they had just beaten.Marcus Johnson scored 20 points and Dayton denied last year's national champs another title, topping the Tar Heels 79-68 Thursday night to win the NIT."This game kind of is a capsule of our season," coach Brian Gregory said. "Started off great, had some tough times and then just kind of fight through, and ended up very successful at the end."
Most NIT Championships
After fading at the end of the season, Dayton recovered to win its first NIT title in 42 years.
Tar Heel Turmoil
North Carolina finished with the second-most losses in a single season in school history. Only once have the Tar Heels made it to the NCAA tournament the season after losing 15 or more games.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-59 (.441)||29-61 (.475)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-21 (.381)||11-31 (.355)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-15 (.533)||10-16 (.625)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||19 (0/0)|
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