Flames Drop Nail-Biter at Home Versus Detroit, 65-59

Senior Kelsey Barlow led the Flames with 17 points.
Senior Kelsey Barlow led the Flames with 17 points.

Feb. 18, 2014

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CHICAGO – The UIC men’s basketball team (5-22, 0-13) dropped a nail-biter at home on Tuesday night against visiting Detroit (13-15, 6-7) by a final of 65-59.  The Flames knotted the score with 4:43 on the clock after being down nine points early in the second half, but UIC was plagued with an 18 percent shooting mark in the final period.  Senior Kelsey Barlow netted a team-high 17 points, his 20th double-digit game of the season, while senior Jordan Harks and junior Marc Brown chipped in 13 and 11, respectively.

In seven of UIC’s last 11 games, the Flames have either been tied or held a lead with less than six minutes to play.  During six of those 11 contests, UIC has owned an eight-point advantage or more. 

The Flames were on fire in the early goings of the first half, hitting 13 of their first 16 shot attempts and held four nine-point leads by the 7:23 mark.  Freshman Markese McGuire ignited UIC with his second straight game-opening three, 38 seconds into the contest.  Detroit answered back with a 9-2 run to close out the half and held UIC without a field goal for the final seven minutes of the period.  Despite missing their last eight shots to end the half, the Flames went into the locker ahead by two (36-34).

The Titans continued to roll in the second period as they rattled off 10 straight points and held an eight-point lead by the 16-minute mark.  The Flames responded with a 7-0 spurt and after back-to-back threes by Barlow and freshman Pat Birt, UIC had pulled to within one.  The Titans inched their way back up to a four-point edge, but four consecutive made free throws by sophomore Jake Wiegand knotted the score at 57-57 with 4:43 left to play.  Detroit tightened up defensively and limited UIC to just two more points for the remainder of the night and held the Flames without a field goal for the final 7:13.

Wiegand fouled out of the contest at the 4:16 mark of the second half after he was whistled for a flagrant and technical foul.  Detroit’s Patrick Onwenu was also called for a technical foul during the on-court scrap.

Brown reached a milestone tonight by eclipsing 700 career points after a pair of made free throws in the second half.  His 11 points gives him 25 double-digit scoring performances during his three seasons at UIC.

The Flames stay home to host Oakland on Friday with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.  ESPN3 will carry the broadcast.