Flames Edged by Wright State on the Road, 58-53

Kelsey Barlow posted 19 points and eight rebounds at Wright State.
Kelsey Barlow posted 19 points and eight rebounds at Wright State.

Jan. 12, 2014

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DAYTON, Ohio – The UIC men’s basketball team (5-12, 0-3) held a 53-49 lead with under five minutes to play at Wright State (11-8, 3-1) on Sunday night, but the Raiders ended the game on a 9-0 run to cement a 58-53 final score.  Senior Kelsey Barlow totaled a game-high 19 points and added eight rebounds as junior Marc Brown chipped in with 14 points.  WSU was led by senior AJ Pacher with 17 points, 11 coming from the free throw line.

The Flames jumped out fast, shooting 5-of-7 from the floor in the early minutes and by the 10:24 mark owned a 20-12 advantage.  The Raiders tightened their defense and fought their way back, trailing UIC at the break, 27-26.  The Flames committed 10 turnovers in the first half as they entered the night averaging just 11.9 per game.  They finished the contest with 17 total miscues. 

Brown reached a milestone in the first half by surpassing the 600-career point plateau and led all scorers with 10 at half.  Senior Hayden Humes drained his 113th career three-pointer for UIC tonight and now sits 11th on the Flames’ all-time leaderboard, needing just three more for the No. 10 spot.

The second half was a back-and-forth affair that witnessed five lead changes and four ties.  UIC was in front by six points early on after a Jay Parker trey, his first of the season, until Wright State executed a mini 8-2 run to knot the score at 36-36 with 13:07 left to play.  Minutes later a three-ball by Barlow ignited a 10-4 spurt for Flames and gave UIC a four-point lead with 4:43 on the clock.  Wright State’s Reggie Arceneaux countered with a three of his own that provoked nine straight WSU points to finish the game.

Senior Jordan Harks pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds and has now paced UIC on the boards the past four games. Parker made his first start of the season tonight, handling point guard duties for a majority of the contest.  Junior Ahman Fells provided the Flames with quality reserve minutes, posting five boards and two steals.

UIC out-rebounded WSU by a margin of 36-28 and held the Raiders to a mere 34 percent shooting mark.  The Flames did leave eight points at the charity stripe, hitting 14-of-22 (63.6%).

UIC returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 16 as they host Milwaukee (12-6, 2-2) at 7 p.m. CT.  Thursday’s contest will be carried live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and ESPN3 with audio coverage provided by ESPN 1000.