Men's Basketball Comes up Short at Toledo, 82-67

Will Simonton corralled a season-high eight rebounds.
Will Simonton corralled a season-high eight rebounds.

Nov. 26, 2011

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CHICAGO - Sophomore transfer Hayden Humes recorded his first double-double of the season, and junior college transfer Gary Talton added 10 points, but Toledo jumped out to a 22-5 lead, and held off a second-half rally to defeat the UIC men's basketball team, 82-67, Saturday night at Savage Arena.

With the loss, UIC moves to 2-3 on the season. Toledo has won four-straight, and upped its record to 4-1.

Humes, who completed his first season of college eligibility at Toledo, scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Talton's scoring output came on five field goals - he also dished out four assists versus two turnovers. Toledo was led by Green Bay transfer Rian Pearson, who poured in 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting. He was joined in double figures by Julius Brown, who scored 17 points.

UIC out-scored the Rockets 42-37 in the second half, but fell behind 20 points (45-25) at halftime. The Flames' bench totaled 42 points, as four freshmen tallied their season-highs in minutes played. During the second half, head coach Howard Moore played a combination of four freshmen for the majority of the stanza.

Among the highlighted performances for the Flames' youngsters was freshman center Will Simonton, who scored four points and pulled down eight rebounds. Freshman guard Jerome Brown also scored a season-high nine points, converting three-of his eight three-point field goal attempts.

Toledo jumped out of the gate on an 8-1 run, and extended its lead to double-digits (13-3) for the first time at the 16:20 mark. After Ryan Majerle split two free throws with 13:09 remaining in the opening stanza, the Rockets opened up a 22-5 advantage.

The Flames pulled within 32-21 at the 5:53 mark of the opening half after Humes' second field goal. But Toledo finished the frame on a 12-4 spree, spurred by two Pearson field goals, to claim the commanding 45-25 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.

UIC pulled within 17 points twice in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, before mounting its most significant second-half run between the 5:13 and 4:20 marks. During that stretch, Jerome Brown hit two three-pointers, with the latter carving the deficit to 13 points (67-54) with 4:20 remaining. A three-pointer by Greg Travis with only 41 seconds left also pulled the Flames within 12 points (77-65).

UIC will continue its three-game road trip and lift the lid on the Horizon League slate next Thursday (Dec. 1), when the Flames travel to Green Bay to take on the Phoenix at the Reach Center beginning at 7 p.m. CST.