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A view of the Barclays Center during the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball tournament. Photo courtesy of Terry Dougherty '80.

Brooklyn-bound fraternity brothers

10:47 AM  Mar 12th, 2014
by Mickey Shuey '14

Terry Dougherty ’80 — along with a group of nearly 20 Chi Sigma Alpha fraternity alumni — must’ve seen it coming.

Even before the Flyers were named the No. 5 seed in this year’s Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y., the group had bought tickets and booked their flights and hotels.

“We went to Brooklyn last year, but this year we are hoping to ‘have’ to go to the games,” Dougherty says, reflecting on the Flyers’ early exit last season. “I like the way they’ve been playing this year. It should be an exciting four days of basketball.”

Then again, a game or two not featuring UD might be skipped to give the crew some extra time together.

“We have guys (from all over the map), including one who grew up in the Bay Ridge part of Brooklyn,” Dougherty says.

Dougherty says his group has a dinner reservation Friday night at a place not too far from the Barclays Center, where all the games are played.

Saturday night, they’ll either go on a “pizza walk,” which involves stops at five local pizzerias, or make a trip to a brewery and do some sampling, he says.

This season has been an easy one to keep tabs on for Dougherty, a resident of Katy, Texas.

“I got to see at least 12 or 13 games this season,” he says, thanks to UD’s highly televised season. “It’s turned out to be a great year for them.”

Whether or not UD reaches Sunday’s final, the Chi Sigma Alpha alums still in Brooklyn hope to watch the selection show with the rest of the Flyer Faithful there.

“These kids — and Coach (Archie) Miller — have a lot to be proud of,” Dougherty says. “It’s all brought back some great memories of the games I saw in UD Arena as a student.”

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., as seen from the steps of a subway stop. Photo by Mickey Shuey '14

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