Dayton’s depth looked like a strength early this season. It didn’t seem to help at all in January as the Flyers lost four of their first five Atlantic 10 games.
Saint Joseph’s showed you don’t have to have a deep bench to win, beating Dayton while playing five guys more than 35 minutes.
But depth will continue to define the Flyers. If they’re going to continue to climb the standings, as they did Wednesday with an 84-67 victory over George Mason at the Patriot Center, it’s going a take a team effort. That’s what it got in this game. Eleven players saw double-digit minutes, and 10 scored.
“That went away from us early in January,” coach Archie Miller said. “Our offense has really sputtered. We haven’t shared the ball at all. We’ve taken bad shots. At times we’ve neglected certain guys, just getting them in there and giving them a chance.
“Our three freshmen are in the mode right now. Our front-court rotation has as many bodies as we can get in there. Over the course of the season, when we do play well, a lot of guys do play minutes.”
Sibert stars: Jordan Sibert had one of his most efficient offensive games of the season, leading the Flyers with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting. He hit 3-of-5 3-pointers and is 12-of-27 from long range in the last three games after an 0-for-5 performance at Rhode Island.
“He took good shots,” Miller said. “Some guys gave him good shots. He didn’t force it. In particular in the second half, when guys ran him off the line, he was very comfortable putting it down and either getting to the rim or taking a one-dribble pull-up.”
Next game: The Flyers play at Saint Bonaventure at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Flyers have won 10 of the last 11 against the Bonnies but lost their last game at the Reilly Center in Olean, N.Y., 81-73 in 2012.
The Flyers and Bonnies are tied for eighth place in the A-10 at 3-5. Saint Bonaventure (13-9 overall) lost 64-62 at Richmond (15-8, 5-3) on Wednesday on a jump shot by Kendall Anthony with five seconds left.
Around the A-10: The Flyers have climbed within two games of three teams tied for fourth place at 5-3: Massachusetts, Saint Joseph and Richmond. La Salle (4-4) is a game ahead of Dayton and Saint Bonaventure.
On Wednesday, first-place Saint Louis (21-2, 8-0) set a school record with its 15th straight win, winning 65-49 at Saint Joseph’s (15-7).
George Washington (18-4, 6-2) rebounded from its loss to Dayton with a 71-57 victory at home against Duquesne (10-11, 2-6).
Massachusetts (18-4) snapped a two-game skid with a 79-67 victory at home against La Salle (12-10).