Jordan Sibert not done with Dayton just yet

DAYTON, Ohio -- One Senior Night wasn't enough.

And after the Dayton Flyers' 56-55 victory over the Boise State Broncos on Wednesday, there weren't enough hands for the last man off the court to slap on the way to the locker room.

It appears one deep run with the program isn't enough for Dayton's Jordan Sibert, based on another clutch performance in the NCAA tournament and an unforgettable game-winning shot to send the Flyers to the second round.

The Flyers' senior just keeps looking for more, bidding a historically fond farewell to UD Arena despite trailing for much of a thrilling game in the First Four.

"I don't think about losing until the game is over, until I have actually lost," Sibert said. "And as long as there's time on the clock, I'm still thinking about the chance to win. ... Coach [Archie Miller] called the play, and I just tried to take my time and hit the shot.

"You get a second chance on the floor, you definitely want to stay out there as long as possible."

Sibert is finally leaving behind his home court, bookending his career there with game-winning 3s in both his first and final game on it. But he'll still be out on the floor in a Dayton uniform for at least another game after coming off a screen, popping to the top of the key and drilling a 3-point jumper that eventually was enough to put away pesky Boise State.

And that earned him a lengthy curtain call before he finally exited, waving his left hand to the passionate Dayton crowd, pumping his right fist and then reaching out to touch every possible fan he could outside the tunnel.

Sibert might not have been entertaining the notion of leaving on a sour note, but with the Broncos building a lead that reached as many as 12 and with foul trouble limiting his effectiveness until he scored the game's final five points to finish with 13, it was certainly a distinct possibility.

The rest of the Flyers took it upon themselves to make sure that wouldn't happen, though, with Kendall Pollard (17 points) shouldering the scoring load, Scoochie Smith smoothly guiding the attack with six assists and, ultimately, Kyle Davis making Sibert's final shot stand up with a suffocating, game-winning, defensive stop.

"It feels great even just to be back in the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row, making history once again," Davis said. "But I didn't really want the season to end for Jordan.

"We want to get five deep in the tournament for Jordan, and that's all we're talking about, that's why I had to make that stop."

The defensive stand in the final seconds brought an end to the year for Boise State, and it might have deserved better considering how long the odds were of overcoming the raucous home-court advantage and how close it was to pulling it off.

But the Flyers are moving on now, a familiar feeling for a team that was playing underneath a "2014 Elite 8" banner that made it all too clear what the program is capable of in the postseason. They might even have the extra benefit of continuing to play in front of a favorable crowd, moving on from the friendly confines of UD Arena across the interstate about an hour to Columbus to take on Providence on Friday.

So Sibert might wind up with one more encore, both for the Flyers and in the NCAA tournament. And when he gets a shot, certainly he's proven he can make the most of it.

"I appreciate all the support, and I was glad I was able to win on another Senior Night," Sibert said. "But we're just getting started.

"It's only the beginning."

A definitive ending to Sibert's Dayton career is just going to have to wait.