Flames Fall to City-Rival Loyola, 73-70

Marc Brown scored a team-high 18 points against Loyola.
Marc Brown scored a team-high 18 points against Loyola.

Dec. 7, 2013

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CHICAGO - The UIC men's basketball team (3-6) let a two-point halftime lead slip through their fingers as the Flames fell to city-rival Loyola (4-5) by a final score of 73-70 at Gentile Arena on Saturday afternoon.  Junior guard Marc Brown paced UIC with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while senior Hayden Humes dropped in a season-high 14 points and seven rebounds, hitting 6-of-8 from the floor.

"I thought today was a hard-fought college basketball game," said Head Coach Howard Moore.  "This is a great rivalry not only for the city of Chicago, but for basketball fans.  We struggled getting the defensive stops we needed down the stretch today and that really hurt us.  I though Marc and Hayden gave us good production on the offensive end, but we need to tighten up the screws defensively."

UIC led for a good portion of the first half and by the 11:22 mark held an eight-point edge over the Ramblers.  Loyola regained the lead for a five-minute span, until the Flames closed out the first period on a 7-2 run to go in front 39-37.  UIC and Loyola were red-hot in the opening half as they each shot over 60 percent from the field.

The Ramblers came out firing in the second half, executing a 12-2 run and owned a 49-41 lead by the 15:01 mark.  The Flames cut into Loyola's edge over the next three minutes and narrowed the margin to 52-51 after a Pat Birt triple from the corner.

Loyola controlled the lead during the back half of the second period, but the Flames found hope after senior Kelsey Barlow converted a three-point play with 11 seconds remaining to come within two of the lead.  After Loyola's Christian Thomas missed the back end of two fouls shots, Barlow attempted a last-second three that bounced off the rim as time expired.

Despite suffering from flu-like symptoms, Barlow still managed 10 points, five assists, three steals and three rebounds.  Barlow has scored in double figures in eight of his nine games so far this season.  Sophomore Jake Wiegand also tallied 10 points and added six rebounds in 26 minutes of action.  Freshman Pat Birt continues to give the Flames an offensive spark with eight points and two threes today.

The Flames received 11 minutes from junior guard Jay Parker as he missed the previous six games due to a leg injury. 

UIC will take a week off for finals before heading to Cape Girardeau, Mo., to battle 7-2 Southeast Missouri State on Dec. 14.