Flames Fall Short at Green Bay, 53-47
Jan. 12, 2013
With the loss, UIC dropped to 10-7 overall, with a 1-3 Horizon League mark. Green Bay improved to 8-9 and 2-2.
In a defensive-minded game, UIC's lone double-digit scorer was senior point guard Gary Talton, who chipped in 11 points. Green Bay was led by preseason All-Horizon League First-Team pick Alec Brown, who scored 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
UIC stifled the Phoenix to just a 33.3 percent shooting effort in the second half, but the Flames finished the game with only a 34.0 percent output from the floor.
UIC struggled on the offensive end early in the game, converting just one-of its first 10 field goal attempts. Green Bay built a 17-10 lead with 6:12 remaining in the first half, but the Flames went on an ensuing 13-7 run, pulling within 24-23 with just over one minute (1:02) showing on the clock. Brennan Cougill tipped in a missed free throw by Brown with 27 seconds left, but Talton drilled a three-pointer from the wing with just 6.5 seconds remaining, tying the score at 26-26 heading into the locker room at halftime.
UIC immediately took the lead (29-26) to begin the second half, when senior guard Daniel Barnes drilled his first-of two three-pointers. But the Flames went 7:12 without another field goal, as Green Bay claimed a 35-29 lead. UIC countered with a convincing 9-0 run; reclaiming a 38-35 advantage with just over eight minutes (8:04) left - senior center Josh Crittle had two field goals during the stretch, while Barnes added his second triple.
After Barnes converted a pair of free throws at the 4:48 mark, the Flames had a 43-40 lead. But UIC was held to just two field goals down the stretch, falling behind 51-45 with 10 seconds remaining.
UIC will return home next Wednesday (Jan. 16), when the Flames entertain crosstown rival Loyola at the Pavilion beginning at 7:00 p.m.
POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Sophomore center Will Simonton made his first-career start ... Sophomore wing Marc Brown came off the bench to score nine points (all in the first half), his highest scoring output since the Colorado State game (12/8/12) ... UIC dropped its first contest of the season when holding its opponent between 30-39 percent shooting (8-1) ... For the first time in school history, the Flames have strung together back-to-back 100 percent efforts from the free throw line, going 8-for-8 on Saturday ... Heading into Wednesday's game against Loyola, UIC has made its last 30-consecutive free throws, dating back to the Cleveland State game (1/7/13) ... The Flames dropped their first decision this season when holding their opponent between 50-59 points ... UIC is now 4-5 on the season when shooting between 30-39 percent from the floor ... The Flames have dropped 29-straight regular season Horizon League road games, dating back to Feb. 27, 2009.