Flames Hang Tough in 67-63 Loss Against Milwaukee

Junior Marc Brown scored 18 points for the Flames versus UWM.
Junior Marc Brown scored 18 points for the Flames versus UWM.

Jan. 16, 2014

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CHICAGO - The UIC men's basketball team (5-13, 0-4) dropped a closely contested Horizon League game at home against Milwaukee (13-6, 3-2) by a final of 67-63 on Thursday night.  The Flames held a 13-point halftime lead, but was outscored 44-27 in the second period.  Junior Marc Brown paced UIC with 18 points and was joined in double figures by sophomore Jake Wiegand and junior Jay Parker with career-highs of 14 and 12 points, respectively. 

"This is a tough stretch for us, but we will continue to stay positive" said Head Coach Howard Moore.  "Milwaukee came out aggressive in the second half and that was the difference.  If we can find a way to limit our turnovers then I think we are going to be fine."

The Flames' leading scorer Kelsey Barlow didn't start tonight, but played 26 minutes off the bench after suffering a minor ankle injury in practice the previous day.  He ended the night with five points, four rebounds and two assists.

Milwaukee grabbed its first lead of the night at the 12:03 mark of the second half after a 14-2 run.  Cody Wichmann capped off the spurt with a three to put the Panther's in front 48-47.  The UWM freshman went 3-of-3 from behind the arc and tallied 11 points in just 14 minutes of action.  UIC retook a one-point advantage with 5:33 remaining  after Brown sank pair of free throws, but UWM's Aaron countered with two freebies of his own to put the Panthers back up 55-54.  Milwaukee held strong down the stretch and totaled seven made foul shots in the final two-and-half minutes.

The Panthers were led in scoring by senior Jordan Aaron with 18 points, including 15 in the second half.  Milwaukee took advantage of 17 UIC turnovers and converted those miscues into 23 points.  UWM shot well in the final stanza, hitting 12-of-22 (54.5%) from the floor after going just 9-of-27 (33.3%) in the first period.

Senior Hayden Humes notched a milestone tonight by surpassing 900 career points.  Humes sat at 898 points entering the game and finished the contest with five.  He also sank his 114th three-pointer as a Flame, needing just two more to crack UIC's top 10 career leaderboard.

The Flames have now out-rebounded their last three opponents, grabbing 35 boards compared to Milwaukee's 26.  Wiegand led the charge with nine rebounds which included four on the offensive end.  UIC has also owned a halftime lead in four of the past five outings.

UIC returns to action on Sunday at home against first-place Green Bay (13-3, 3-0) with tipoff scheduled for 1 p.m. CT.