Flames Edged by Detroit, 74-68|
Jan. 29, 2014
DETROIT – The UIC men’s basketball team (5-17, 0-8) dropped a closely contested road game at Detroit (10-13, 3-5) on Wednesday night by a final score of 74-68. In a game that witnessed nine ties and five lead changes, the score was knotted at 61-61 with 5:46 left to play, but the Titans outscored UIC, 13-7, down the stretch. Junior Marc Brown paced UIC with 24 points, one shy of his career-high, as senior Kelsey Barlow added 18 points and seven rebounds.
The Titans kept UIC at arm’s distance in the opening minutes of the second half and held a 45-38 advantage at the 16:50 mark. Over the next three-and-a-half minutes, the Flames ripped off a 14-5 run to take a two-point lead. Barlow was the main contributor for UIC in the first seven minutes of the second period with nine points. He finished the second half with 14 points.
After a few traded buckets, Juwan Howard Jr. scored seven of Detroit’s eight straight points to give the Titans a 61-54 lead with 8:20 left to play. The Flames seemed to have weathered the storm and answered with seven consecutive points to knot the tally at 61-61 with 5:46 on the clock. UIC’s momentum didn’t last long as Detroit used back-to-back threes by sophomore Anton Wilson to go in front permanently. A Barlow triple with 19 seconds left pulled UIC to within two, but Wilson’s three-point play on the opposite end sealed the Flames’ defeat.
In five of the last six games, UIC has either held the lead or been tied with less than six minutes to play.
Brown, Barlow and Wiegand combined for 55 of UIC’s 68 points tonight as Jordan Harks and Will Simonton chipped in eight and five, respectively. Brown has now scored 20 or more points on four occasions this season.
Freshman Marcus White saw his first game action since Dec. 17 with 11 minutes.
The Flames return home for a Saturday afternoon contest against Valparaiso at 3 p.m. CT to begin the second half of league play. The Crusaders snapped first-place Green Bay’s 12-game win streak on Wednesday night with a 75-60 win at home. Saturday will also serve as the UIC men’s basketball alumni day.