Barlow's 38 Points Clinches Third Place for Flames at Showcase|
Nov. 27, 2013
ESTERO, Fla. – Senior Kelsey Barlow poured in a career-high 38 points, tied for the third-highest total in program history, in UIC’s (3-4) 94-76 victory against Wagner (4-4) on Wednesday night to clinch third at the first annual Gulf Coast Showcase. Barlow’s total stands as UIC’s top single-game output since Cedrick Banks scored 39 versus Wright State on Feb. 23, 2005. Barlow went 8-of-11 from the field, 5-of-8 from behind the arc and 17-of-19 from the foul line, while adding eight rebounds and five assists to his stat line.
“Kelsey had the hot hand tonight,” said Head Coach Howard Moore. “He benefitted from many trips to the free throw line, but Kelsey is able to score in bunches and tonight he proved that. I am happy our team was able to rebound after a disappointing outing against Louisiana Tech and more importantly I think this trip reenergized our guys and our season.”
UIC started fast by jumping out to a 12-4 lead within the first three minutes of the contest and never looked back. The Flames led 46-37 at the half and midway through the second period exploded for an 18-2 run, putting the game out of reach.
Barlow’s 17 made free throws ties for the second-highest mark in program and UIC’s team total of 34 made foul shots is the most in over a decade. The last time the Flames attempted 40 free throws was Feb. 15, 2006. Providing UIC with ample trips to the foul line was the five technical fouls Wagner drew during the game, including two on Head Coach Bashir Mason.
Freshman Pat Birt tied a career-high for the second consecutive night with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting, while Jake Wiegand also matched a career-best with 11 points. Sophomore Gabe Snider shot 4-of-6 as well for eight points as junior Marc Brown added seven.
UIC shot the ball well, hitting 27-of-53 (50.9%) from the floor, while holding the Seahawks to 25-of-62 (40.3%) overall and just 2-of-14 (14.3%) from behind the arc.
The Flames’ ninety four points matches the highest team total in the Howard Moore era when UIC downed Roosevelt by a final of 94-54 on Nov. 15, 2010.
For his efforts, Barlow was named to the All-Tournament Team along with Johnny Dee (USD), Matthew Wright (St. Bonaventure), Chris Anderson (La. Tech) and MVP Raheem Appleby (La. Tech).
The Flames return to action against SMU at home on Dec. 4 with tip scheduled for 7 p.m. CT. The Mustangs are 5-1 and coached by Hall-of-Famer Larry Brown.