Cincinnati Bearcats coach Wes Miller spoke to the media following a disappointing 82-68 loss to the in-state foe Dayton Flyers on Saturday.
During the postgame press conference, Miller broke down the Bearcats disappointing loss to Dayton and discussed what needs to change.
It marked the first meeting between the former conference rivals since 2010 and Dayton picked up a solid win as Cincinnati failed to keep pace.
“I’m really pissed off. We have a long way to go, a lot of work to do and things to figure out with this team but tonight was really unacceptable."
Cincinnati Basketball: Wes Miller breaks down loss against Dayton
Both teams traded baskets in the first half but Dayton surged ahead to take a 35-29 lead into the locker room and never looked back again.
Dayton used a pair of 7-0 runs during the second half to create separation and then eventually pull away from Cincinnati for a double digit triumph.
The Bearcats struggled to convert opportunities at the rim, shooting just 36.9 percent from the field, and Dayton was able to take advantage.
With a chance to earn a resume-building victory, Cincinnati failed to play up to their potential and another golden opportunity fell by the wayside.
Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats fail to keep pace against Dayton
Bearcats guard Simas Lukosius led the team with 14 points off the bench, and point guard DaVeon Thomas scored 12 points in the loss.
Cincinnati is set to return to the court against Merrimack and Stetson in the coming days as non-conference play wraps up this month.
If the Bearcats aren’t able to hang with Dayton and Xavier then it’s likeky going to be a difficult path to finding wins throughout Big 12 play.
The Flyers were fueled by star DaRon Holmes II, who totaled a season-high 28 points and seven rebounds in an impressive outing in Cincinnati.