Jordan Sibert shoots as the shot clock expires Saturday. David Jablonski/Staff
A Dayton team that can’t shoot straight right ran into an Arkansas team that couldn’t miss in the first half Saturday. The result was about what you would expect: a 69-55 loss (photos here). It was the Flyers’ worst performance of the season and the first game since last February at St. Joseph’s when they never made a serious rally to get back in the game.
In the big picture, this is far from the end of the world for the Flyers. Road teams rarely win at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas has now won 20 straight non-conference games at home. This might have been a different story on a neutral court, as Archie Miller said after the game, and maybe it’ll be a different story next year when the Razorbacks play in Dayton.
The most disappointing thing for the Flyers is not that they lost, it’s that they didn’t make it interesting. Arkansas won the game in the first half and then was content to nurse a lead that fluctuated between 11 and 17 points, and at the most 20, in the second half.
Here are five things we learned:
1. Dayton’s offense continues to struggle.
The Flyers matched their season low with 55 points. Only Jordan Sibert showed any shooting touch at all in the first half when the Flyers still had a chance. He had 10 of Dayton’s 23 points in the half, though he needed 10 shots to get those points.
The lede of my game story:
Arkansas coach Mike Anderson referred to Dayton as Xavier in his postgame press conference and then quickly corrected himself. Nothing else went right for the Flyers on Saturday, so this shouldn’t have surprised anyone.