Men's Basketball Stumbles Against Northwestern, 93-58

Senior Jordan Harks notched a double-double to lead the Flames in points and rebounds.
Senior Jordan Harks notched a double-double to lead the Flames in points and rebounds.

Nov. 20, 2013

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CHICAGO – The UIC men’s basketball team (1-3) suffered a 93-58 defeat at home on Wednesday night against Big Ten-foe Northwestern (2-2) in front of a crowd of 5,630.  The Flames were led by senior transfer Jordan Harks who recorded his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds.  The Wildcats were paced by junior Dave Sobolewski with 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-8 from the outside. 

Coming into the contest, UIC had won the previous four meetings versus Northwestern, including last year’s 50-44 victory at Welsh-Ryan Arena.  The all-time series is now tied at 4-4.

Northwestern led 47-22 at half on the wings of hot shooting, going 7-of-12 from three-point range.  Sobolewski drilled all four of his threes in the first period and had 17 points before the break.  The Wildcats kept their torrid pace in the second half, hitting 15-of-23 from the floor, while UIC experienced iron unkind as they went 18-of-62 (29.0%), including 7-of-31 (22.6%) in the first half. 

Harks was joined in double figures by senior transfer Kelsey Barlow with 10 points, his fourth-straight game with 10 or more points.  Freshman Markese McGuire set a career-high with 22 minutes of action, adding seven points to the Flames’ total.  Freshman Pat Birt notched his first points as a Flame with five all in the final period.

Tonight’s attendance was the largest crowd for UIC since Jan. 19, 2012 when the Flames hosted Butler in front of 5,931 fans.

UIC hits the road for the first time this season as they journey to Estero, Fla., for the bd Global Gulf Coast Showcase.  The Flames will face San Diego in the opening round on Monday (Nov. 25) at 1:30 p.m. CT.