Turnovers Plague Flames in 60-50 Loss at Cleveland State|
Jan. 7, 2013
With the loss, UIC dropped to 10-5 overall, with a 1-1 Horizon League mark. Cleveland State improved to 9-7 (1-1 Horizon).
Seniors Josh Crittle and Gary Talton each chipped in 10 points to lead UIC offensively. Cleveland State saw three players score in double figures, led by freshman Bryn Forbes' 14 points. UIC committed 18 turnovers, its second-highest total of the season. The Flames also converted 14 field goals, a season-low mark.
"Cleveland State did a good job of imposing themselves on us with their early pressure," said head coach Howard Moore. "Our early turnovers really hurt us. They scored eight points right off the bat, and they didn't have to play against our defense to get those points. That was discouraging.
"We've got to get back to taking care of the ball. Earlier in the year, we were turning the ball over less than 10 times per game, and that was against teams that pressured and trapped. We were getting good shots on the other end and making teams pay for trapping us. We've got to get back to playing UIC Basketball."
Cleveland State jumped out to an 8-0 lead, but UIC fought back to claim a 16-15 advantage with 11:20 remaining in the first half. Despite a combined five ties and lead changes in the ensuing six and a half minutes, neither team led by more than three points. But CSU scored the final seven points of the frame, including a tip-in by Aaron Scales as time expired, giving the Vikings a 28-21 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.
The Vikings quickly built a 15-point (38-23) lead, less than five minutes into the second half. UIC chipped away at the deficit, pulling within 10 points, 46-36, with 7:30 remaining. The Flames also pulled within single digits three times in the final 4:47, but could draw no closer.
The Vikings scored 19 points off turnovers, and held a 32-30 edge on the boards, including nine offensive rebounds.
UIC will host preseason Horizon League favorite Valparaiso at the Pavilion Wednesday night at approximately 7:00 p.m. The game will be preceded by the UIC women's basketball team taking on Cleveland State beginning at 4:30 p.m.