Flames Drop Road Contest at Colorado State, 74-61

Senior Kelsey Barlow scored 18 points in the second half against Colorado State.
Senior Kelsey Barlow scored 18 points in the second half against Colorado State.

Dec. 23, 2013

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The UIC men’s basketball team (5-8) dropped a road contest at Colorado State (8-4) on Monday night by a final score of 74-61 inside Moby Arena.  Senior Kelsey Barlow managed a game-high 20 points, including 18 in the second half, after sitting the majority of the first period with two quick fouls.  Barlow now has four 20-plus point efforts on the season and 11 double-digit scoring performances. 

Seniors Hayden Humes and Jordan Harks along with junior Marc Brown chipped in eight points apiece, while freshman Pat Birt tallied all seven of his points in the final period.  Sophomore Jake Wiegand paced UIC on the boards with seven, while junior Jay Parker guided the Flames in assists with four and played in a career-high 28 minutes.  Barlow’s nine made field goals serve as a new career-best and ties for the most made shots by an individual against the Rams this season.

Junior guard Jon Octeus led CSU with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while junior guard Daniel Bejarano grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.

UIC had an 8-7 lead by the 15:16 mark of the first half compliments of Humes on his two made threes within a 46-second span.  The score remained deadlocked for next five minutes as both began to struggle from the floor. Colorado State then executed a 10-2 run and owned a 27-16 edge with 2:36 left in the period.  The Rams found buckets in the paint and shot 9-of-13 after hitting just 3-of-15 to start the game.  Harks converted a last-second layup at the end of the first half to cut CSU’s lead down to 30-23.  The Flames held CSU to without a field goal in the final 3:55 of the half.

The Rams built their lead back up to 12 points four minutes into the second period, but by the 9:59 mark UIC had pulled to within six on the heels of a 9-4 mini-run.  After CSU sank a pair a free throws to go up eight, Brown countered with two made free throw of his own, bringing the count to 51-45 with 9:23 left to play.  That’s when CSU went on a 10-2 spurt, putting the game out of reach.  Barlow notched six of his 20 points in the final 1:22 on two made threes to cement the 13-point defeat.  

Barlow wasn’t the only Flame in foul trouble tonight as six UIC players had produced three or more whistles with the Flames committing 23 team fouls compared to just 16 for the Rams.

UIC’s non-conference opponents now hold a combined record of 102-59 (.634) with four teams owning 10 or more wins so far this season.

UIC returns to the court on Dec. 28 against Big Ten-member Illinois (10-2) at the United Center.  The Flames defeated the Fighting Illini in their most recent gathering on Dec. 18, 2010 by a final of 57-54 at the United Center.