Milwaukee Pulls Away From Men's Basketball Late, 72-61
Feb. 23, 2012
Marc Brown, but visiting Milwaukee drilled 14 three-pointers and shot 54.5 percent in the second half, pulling away from the UIC men's basketball team, 72-61, at the UIC Pavilion Thursday night.
UIC dropped to 8-20 (3-14 Horizon) on the season, its third-straight year with 20 or more losses. Milwaukee improved to 18-12 and 10-7.
Brown's 17 points was fueled by five three-pointers - he was joined in double figures by sophomore forward Hayden Humes (13 points), junior point guard Gary Talton (11) and senior center Darrin Williams (11). Milwaukee was led by point guard Kaylon Williams, who poured in 19 points to lead three Panthers in double figures.
"It's never easy to lose close games at home," said UIC head coach Howard Moore. "We battled through some things in the first half, and gained the lead late; I thought our guys showed a lot of resilience during that stretch. But it's hard to overcome a team that makes 14 threes - the five they made in the second half were crucial. We were late to shooters, and we didn't protect the basket the way we needed to."
Both teams came out hot from three-point range, with a combined 11 triples in the opening 8:14. The Flames fell behind by double digits (29-18) with 7:45 remaining in the stanza, before going on a commanding 14-0 run to end the half. Marc Brown, Williams, Humes and Talton all had field goals in the spurt, as the Flames took a three-point (32-29) lead into the locker room at intermission. Milwaukee ended the frame with nine threes.
Milwaukee tied the game, 38-38, at the 15:41 mark of the second half after a completed three-point play by Ryan Allen. The Panthers claimed their first lead (41-38) of the half after a turnover by Paris Carter and ensuing three by Tony Meier. The Flames never led again, but pulled within one-point (50-49) with 8:57 remaining, and trailed by only four (60-56) with 2:34 left. UWM drilled 12 free throws in the final 2:14 to seal the win.
Milwaukee held a 32-29 rebounding advantage, and held the Flames to just 32.3 percent shooting in the second half. There were a combined nine ties and lead changes in the game.
UIC will play its Horizon League regular season finale on Saturday (Feb. 25), taking on Green Bay at the Pavilion beginning at 1 p.m. CST. The 2012 senior class, comprised of Matt Bush, Carter, Dorian Tyler and Williams, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.