Flames Extend Winning Streak to Eight Games, 74-48 over Eastern Michigan|
Dec. 15, 2012
Daniel Barnes poured in a career-high 30 points and the UIC men's basketball team stifled Eastern Michigan to just 33.9 percent shooting, leading to a convincing 74-48 win over the Eagles at the UIC Pavilion Saturday afternoon. The victory extended UIC's winning streak to eight games.
With the win, UIC improved to 9-1 on the season, its best 10-game start since the 1997-98 campaign. EMU, who defeated Purdue last Saturday, dropped to 6-3 overall. Joining Barnes in double figures for UIC was senior point guard Gary Talton, who scored 12 points. EMU was led by Glenn Bryant, who chipped in 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting.
For the seventh time this season, UIC held its opponent under 35 percent shooting (.339), and also limited the opposition to fewer than 50 points for the sixth time this year. Barnes became the first UIC player to score 30 or more points in a single game since Jeremy Buttell at Youngstown State on Jan. 7, 2010. Buttell currently serves as the Flames' video coordinator.
"I wasn't very happy with the way we played in the first half tonight, but I thought our guys did a great job of responding in the second half," said head coach Howard Moore. "Danny Barnes had one of the best performances we've seen on the Pavilion floor in some time tonight.
"Our guys continue to be very locked in defensively. When we give them a scouting report and an opponent's tendencies, they really grasp things and ask great questions. You know you've got a team that is locked in defensively when they are looking for multiple ways to exploit an opponent's weaknesses."
UIC claimed an early 10-6 advantage, but the Flames didn't extend their lead to more one possession until 3:47 mark of the first half, when Barnes drilled his third three-pointer. Talton converted a pair of free throws with 2:03 remaining, giving the Flames their largest lead of the frame, 24-15. But EMU scored the final four points of the half, pulling within 24-19 at intermission. Barnes finished the first half with 15 points on five field goals.
The Flames extended their lead to double digits (30-19) just 1:22 into the second half after Barnes and junior forward Hayden Humes drilled back-to-back threes. EMU pulled within nine (33-24) with 15:51 left, but the Flames answered with a quick 5-0 run (38-24) to force the Eagles into their first timeout of the second stanza.
Sophomore guard Joey Miller came off the bench to hit a three-pointer with 10:11 remaining, giving UIC its first 20-point lead (46-26) of the game. EMU could draw no closer than 17 points for the remainder of the game. The Flames built their largest lead of 30 points, 74-44, with 46 seconds remaining after Jay Parker's second-straight corner three.
UIC will begin a three-game road trip next Tuesday (Dec. 18), when the Flames travel to Macomb, Ill., to take on Western Illinois. The Leathernecks enter Tuesday's game with a 7-3 record, and have been idle since Dec. 8.