Flames Fall on Last-Second Three at Oakland, 76-75
Jan. 25, 2014
ROCHESTER, Mich. - With 4.4 seconds left to play and the Flames in front by two, Oakland's Duke Mondy dribbled the length of the court and sank a game-winning three as time expired. After the referees reviewed the buzzer-beater for several minutes, they upheld their original call as Oakland (8-14, 3-4) slipped past UIC (5-16, 0-7) by a final of 76-75. Senior Jordan Harks paced the Flames with a career-high 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting, while senior Kelsey Barlow recorded 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Barlow now has six 20-plus point performances on the season.
Oakland's leading scorer was freshman Kahlil Felder with 21 points, including 17 in the second half. Senior Travis Bader drilled five treys to record 19 points, needing just eight more threes for the all-time NCAA record.
UIC led the majority of the game and held a 40-31 advantage at halftime. The Flames built that lead up to 12 points with just over 13 minutes left to play. That's when Oakland started to apply full-court pressure and forced UIC to commit 13 second-half turnovers. The Grizzles capitalized and scored 24 points off of Flames' miscues in the second period alone. Oakland outscored UIC in that category by a margin of 31-11 on the day.
Barlow gave UIC a two-point edge with 57 seconds on clock after a pair of made free throws. Both teams traded turnovers and Oakland had the ball with 22 ticks remaining. OU's Felder then nailed a 15-footer to knot the score 73-73 with 10 seconds left. Pat Birt was fouled on the opposite end and headed to the foul line for a double bonus with 4.4 seconds remaining. The freshman sank both shots to give UIC a two-point lead before Mondy hit the game-winner.
UIC has now owned five halftime leads in the past eight games and have held the edge with less than six minutes to play in four of the past five outings.
The Flames went 8-of-16 (50%) from behind the arc, their highest three-point shooting percentage on the season and shot 28-of-50 (56%) from the floor, their second-highest mark on the year. Birt was 3-of-4 from the outside, including two threes late in the second half, giving UIC the lead on both occasions. He finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
The Flames out-rebounded OU by a season-high margin of 38-21 (+17) as four separate Flames grabbed five or more boards.
Senior Hayden Humes did not play today and will sit out 2-4 weeks due to an eye injury suffered during practice this past Thursday.
Up next for UIC will be a road game at Detroit on Wednesday with tip scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.