Flames Drop Home Matchup with SMU, 73-65
Dec. 4, 2013
CHICAGO – The UIC men’s basketball team (3-5) came back from a 12-0 deficit to tie the contest at 41-41 in the second half, but SMU (8-2) pulled away for a 73-65 win Wednesday night (Dec. 4) inside the UIC Pavilion. Senior Kelsey Barlow scored a game-high 31 points, his second consecutive contest with 30-plus points. Barlow is the first UIC player to record back-to-back 30-point outings in more than 13 years. The senior also corralled a team-high six rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.
“I like how our guys fought their way back into the game tonight,” said Head Coach Howard Moore. “But you can’t spot a team like SMU 12 points right from the jump. We are more than what we are showing right now. Kelsey has been playing his tail off, but we are more than just a one man team and our goal is to have it figured out by conference season.”
UIC trailed 33-31 at half after allowing SMU to score the first 12 points of the contest. Jordan Harks’ layup with 16:53 left in the second half tied the score at 41-41 and a Barlow layup with 7:19 remaining cut the Mustang lead to 57-54. SMU held strong by hitting four field goals and converting five free throws in the final five minutes to seal the victory.
The Mustangs were led by sophomore Nic Moore who netted 20 points and dished out a game-high seven assists. He was joined in double figures by sophomore Markus Kennedy with 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Flames committed a season-low eight turnovers, but struggled from the field, going 20-of-57 (35.1%). UIC did find points at the free throw line, hitting 17-of-21 (81%) as Barlow went 12-of-15 (80%) as an individual. In his past two games, Barlow has shot 29-of-34 (85.3%) from the charity stripe.
UIC’s eight opponents so far this season have a combined record of 46-23 with five of those squads owning just one or two losses.
UIC is next in action Saturday (Dec. 7) when the Flames make the short trip to Gentile Arena to take on Loyola (3-5). Tip is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT against the Ramblers with Comcast SportsNet Chicago set to air the non-conference tilt.