Scoochie Smith warned friends and family on Monday, a day before the Dayton Flyers played at Fordham.
“My last collegiate basketball game in the Bronx tomorrow,” Smith wrote on Twitter. “Unfortunately I do not have tickets for everyone.”
Smith had the fortune of playing at Fordham’s Rose Hill Gym in his hometown in each of his four seasons. He finished his career 4-0 against the Rams in the Bronx with a 75-66 win Tuesday. In each of the games, he had his own cheering section, and it was no different Tuesday.
Smith’s aunt April Rogers, of the Bronx, said she expected more than 100 people to attend the game in support of Smith.
“He’s done a lot for the team and the fans,” Rogers said. “The time went by so fast. I can’t believe the four years are here already. We’re going to miss him, and we’re still going to support Dayton. He’s so humble. He gets good grades. He’s doing well in school. We’re very proud of him.”
Next game: Dayton returns to UD Arena to play Duquesne at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The Dukes (9-13, 2-7) lost 76-57 to Dayton in Pittsburgh on Jan. 14. They take a five-game losing streak into a 8 p.m. home game Wednesday against St. Bonaventure (13-7, 5-3).