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Busloads of Bonnies Off to Dayton

Lottery helped determine which students

Tom Puckett
March 13, 2018 - 4:00 am

Olean, NY (WBEN) Two busloads of St. Bonaventure students are on their way to Dayton for tonight's NCAA play-in gamefor the Bonnies. The school says alumni came through.

Rob DeFazio says there was a lot of scrambling to get tickets and there are now two busloads of students fortunate enough to win a lottery to go to Ohio. DeFazio credits alumni for help. "We put a call out to them to see if they can support our students. One alumnus working at ESPN and his wife helped get the ball rolling so we can try to make it feel like a home game," says DeFazio. 

St. Bonaventure's Rob DeFazio on busloads heading to Dayton

DeFazio says students will pay for nothing but food while in Dayton for the game. 

The fans will leave at 11am, arriving in time for the first game of the play-in doubleheader.

Those buses are coming from Empire Coach,where it's been a busy couple of days for Alan Morton. "Our phones have been ringing off the hook since 6am (yesterday) morning," says Morton. "It's totally awesome to be part of this with St. Bonaventure.

He says it's been a while since there's been this much excitement at St. Bonaventure. 

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