Flames Drop Heartbreaker in Season Opener Versus Drake, 61-59

Junior March Brown scored 20 points against Drake.
Junior March Brown scored 20 points against Drake.

Nov. 9, 2013

Drake 61, UIC 59 (Final Stats) Get Acrobat Reader

CHICAGO - The UIC men's basketball team (0-1) lost a heartbreaker on Saturday night against Drake by a final score of 61-59 in front of 5,245 fans at the UIC Pavilion.  The Flames struggled to contain Bulldog guard Richard Carter who put up a career-high 38 points, including 24 in the second half.  Senior Hayden Humes' attempt at a last-second finger roll rimmed in and out as the final horn sounded. UIC was paced by junior Marc Brown with 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting, while dishing out five assists. 

"The basketball gods said we didn't deserve the win tonight," said UIC Head Coach Howard Moore.  "To be honest, we shouldn't let the game come down to one final play like that.  Carter has great quickness, but we let him get to the rim way too many times and he stayed in attack mode.  We're not where we need to be and tonight was a wakeup call."

The Flames held the lead for most of the first half and went up by eight to start the second period on a Humes' three-pointer.  Just then Carter singled-handedly outscored UIC, 14-5, as the Bulldogs grabbed their first lead of the night with 14:28 left to play.

The contest went back-and-forth over the next four minutes until Drake rattled off nine straight points to go in front 50-42 with 8:30 on the clock.  The Flames pulled within one at the 1:16 mark after Brown converted a contested layup on the dish from senior Kelsey Barlow .  At the opposite end, Drake's Karl Madison sank one of his two free throws to put his squad up 61-59, which proved to be the final score once Humes' last-second attempt fell off the front end of the rim.

UIC left seven points on the free throw line as they shot 10-of-17 compared to Drake's 20-for-23.  Carter was perfect from the charity stripe, sinking all 12 of his attempts. 

Barlow performed well in his Flames' debut with 11 points and a career-high seven assists.  The Purdue transfer also tallied a team-high three steals.

Humes tacked on 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, while sophomore Gabe Snider recorded a career-high six points, including two threes.

The Flames return to action on Wednesday at home against Roosevelt with tip scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.