This is why we can’t have nice things. Like clockwork, the Flyers got ranked and then went out and laid a horrendous egg. Dayton’s struggles on the road, especially against lesser competition, continue to be a seemingly never-ending pitfall. The Flyers couldn’t get it going offensively form the perimeter, turned the ball over 18 times and put Illinois State on the foul-line for 31 attempts. I’m just glad Doug Harris didn’t have to see this one.
The Redbirds mixed some pressure with their zone and forced the Flyers into tough shots all night. UD actually took a 50-48 lead, its first of the game, midway through the second half, but ISU quickly answered with a 13-2 run and Dayton was all but done. Illinois State was the aggressor on both ends of the floor, and UD simply could not respond.
Dayton gets a brief respite, a week off before facing Central Michigan on Saturday night followed by four straight games at home (Iona, USC, Murray State and Winthrop). UD closes its out-of-conference schedule with a visit to Ole Miss on January 4th. The Flyers will operate under the radar, with a chance to make an impression over the next few weeks.
The loss puts Archie’s out-of-conference road record at 2-4, I did the work for you:
11/15/11–at Miami, L 67-72
12/04/11–at Murray State, L 58-75
12/05/12–at Alabama, W 81-76
12/30/12–at Southern Cal, L 61-63
11/20/13–at Georgia Tech, W 82-72
12/07/13–at Illinois State, L 75-81
Sidenote, this quote from Archie Miller puzzles me:
[quote_box_center]’We needed a wake-up call like this, and we got it,” Miller said after Dayton fell short in an 81-75 loss to Illinois State.[/quote_box_center]
A wake up call? For what? If this team needs a wakeup call, just pop in the IPFW tape.
Lastly, ISU fans, you rushed the court? Really? You guys are weirdos.