Flames Hang Tough in 81-70 Loss at League-Leading Green Bay
Feb. 5, 2014
GREEN BAY, Wis – The UIC men’s basketball team (5-19, 0-10) trailed league-leading Green Bay ( 19-4, 9-1) by a mere five points with just over three minutes left to play, but the Phoenix prevailed down the stretch and picked up the 81-70 win on their home court Wednesday night. Senior Jordan Harks recorded his third double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while freshman Pat Birt added 16 points for a new career-high. The Phoenix benefitted from 41 trips to the free throw line compared to UIC’s 20 as the Flames were whistled on 30 occasions contrasted by 15 for Green Bay.
Green Bay held a 35-32 halftime lead, but the Flames actually knotted the score at 50-50 with 11:03 on the clock after Birt drained his third triple of the game. The Phoenix answered with a 7-0 run followed by four consecutive free throws compliments of UIC’s Marc Brown to give Green Bay a 57-54 edge with 8:54 left to play. GB then rattled off six straight points to go ahead by nine, staying in front of the Flames by at least two possessions the remainder of the night.
Green Bay’s 7-footer Alec Brown tallied a game-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Brown and teammate Greg Mays each had three blocked shots, helping the Phoenix total 11 as a team. The Flames held junior Keifer Sykes, the nation’s 20th leading scorer, to just three first-half points. Sykes found the majority of his second-half tally (15) from the foul line, shooting 9-of-15.
Birt’s three triples ties a career-high as he is now shooting 80 percent from behind the arc during the last six games.
Junior Marc Brown chipped in 11 points tonight to notch his 14th double-digit scoring game of the season and the 24th of his career. Brown also went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
Sophomore Jake Wiegand grabbed nine boards, six offensive, and tacked on seven points. The 6-foot-8 power forward is averaging more than three offensive rebounds per game over the past seven outings. As a team, UIC is out-rebounding its Horizon League opposition by a margin of 115-77.
Freshman Markese McGuire sank both of his three-point attempts, marking the first time in his career that he hit a pair of treys in one game.
The Flames will be out of action for eight days as they return to the court on Feb. 13 at Cleveland State.