Flames Hand San Diego its First Loss, 74-70

Senior Kelsey Barlow netted a career-high 17 points against San Diego.
Senior Kelsey Barlow netted a career-high 17 points against San Diego.

Nov. 25, 2013

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ESTERO, Fla. - The UIC men's basketball team (2-3) snapped San Diego's (5-1) five-game winning streak with a 74-70 victory on Monday afternoon in the opening round of the bd Global Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla.  Four Flames reached double figures as senior Kelsey Barlow led the way with a career-high 17 points, his fifth-straight game with 10 more points.  

Sophomore Jake Wiegand notched his first collegiate double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, both career-highs.  All 11 of his points came in the second half along with eight boards. 

“Today was a solid performance and I’m proud of our team,” said Head Coach Howard Moore.  “Our guys really came together and fought the entire game.  We made defensive stops when we needed them and played well offensively.  Now we need to focus our attention on a very good Louisiana Tech team.”

Sophomore Gabe Snider also set a career-best with 11 points on 3-of-4 three-point shooting, eight of those coming in the first half.  Junior Marc Brown reached double digits for the fourth time this season with 13 points, hitting 7-of-8 from the foul line.

The score changed hands 12 times throughout the contest and also knotted up on 12 occasions.  The Flames owned a 33-31 halftime lead as they closed out the first period on a 5-0 run capped off by a Snider trey.  He now touts a team-best 47.4 percent three-point shooting clip.

The game remained a back-and-forth affair to start the second half until the Toreros took over the lead at the 13:12 mark and held it for the next four-and-a-half minutes.  That’s when UIC rattled off seven straight points to go in front 57-52 with 7:56 left to play.  The Flames would keep the edge for the rest of the game, converting six free throws in the final 21 seconds to cement the 74-70 final score.

UIC’s defense limited San Diego to 38.2 percent shooting mark (21-of-55) and 29.6 percent from behind the arc (8-of-27).

Senior Hayden Humes chipped in eight points off the bench, including two threes and grabbed four rebounds in 19 minutes of action.  Barlow pulled down a season-high seven boards as UIC out-rebounded San Diego, 40-34.

The Flames are back on the court Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET against Louisiana Tech.  The Bulldogs downed UNC-Greensboro in the opening contest by a final of 99-62 and own a 3-1 season record.  Last year, Louisiana Tech compiled a mark of 27-7 and claimed a share of the Western Athletic Conference title.

All games are being streamed by America ONE sports at a charge of $10 per contest and $25 for the entire showcase.