Flames Run Away with 81-43 Win over Roosevelt
Dec. 5, 2012
Hayden Humes scored a game-high 21 points on an efficient 8-of-9 shooting, and the UIC men's basketball team limited visiting Roosevelt to just a 29.5 percent effort from the field in a convincing 81-43 win over the Lakers at the UIC Pavilion Wednesday night. Humes' outburst led a group of four Flames posting double figures in scoring.
With the win, UIC improved to 7-1 overall, its best start to a season since 1997-98, when the Flames jumped out of the gate with a 10-1 record en route to a berth in the NCAA Tournament. UIC also upped its record to 3-0 at the Pavilion. Roosevelt dropped to 7-4 overall.
"We wanted to make sure that our approach was right tonight, and I thought for the most part it was," said head coach Howard Moore. "There were a couple of lapses where we lost focus, but true veterans are able to regain that urgency, and I thought our guys did that when they needed to. It was good to see us shoot the ball better tonight; we've been letting our defense carry us these past few games. But offensively, we are continuing to take care of the ball and value possessions. Our guys really believe in that."
Senior guards Daniel Barnes and Gary Talton each chipped in 11 points, while sophomore forward Ahman Fells scored a career-high 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Roosevelt's Jeremiah Jackson doubled up the Flames, scoring 11 points to go along with 12 rebounds. The Flames scored 22 points off the Lakers' 16 turnovers and finished with a 12-0 advantage on the fast break after swiping a season-high 10 steals. UIC's bench also out-scored Roosevelt's reserves, 27-9.
UIC built its first double-digit lead (21-10) less than 11 minutes into the game (9:03) after going on a 13-4 run that saw Humes and Fells each convert a pair of field goals. The Flames finished the frame on a commanding 13-2 spurt, taking a 34-12 lead into the locker room at halftime. It set a UIC Pavilion record for the fewest amount of points scored by a UIC opponent in a single-half. The previous low was 17 points.
After Fells' third goal of the game, UIC extended its lead to 27 points, 51-24, with 13:24 remaining. Roosevelt scored seven-straight points between the 10:30 and 8:10 mark, pulling within 20 points (56-36) and forcing the Flames into a timeout. UIC answered with a convincing 16-0 run, building a game-high 40-point (81-41) lead with 24 seconds remaining.
UIC will host Colorado State at the Pavilion Saturday afternoon beginning at 3:00 p.m. The Rams garnered an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, and are unbeaten (6-0) on the season. CSU is currently taking on in-state rival Colorado in Boulder.