Flames Drop Third-Straight Road Decision, 74-55 at Toledo|
Dec. 29, 2012
With the loss, UIC moved to 9-4. Toledo improved to 4-6 overall.
The Rockets were led by Mid-American Conference leading scorer Rian Pearson, who poured in 24 points on 8-of-17 shooting, and pulled down 10 rebounds. Reese Holliday added 16 off the bench. UIC was led by senior guard Daniel Barnes, who scored 18 points on a career-high tying six three-point field goals. He moved into 10th place on UIC's all-time three-point field goals made list (107).
Toledo trailed just once in the game, after Barnes led off the contest with a three-pointer from the top of the key. The Rockets started the contest 6-for-8 from the field, forcing the Flames into their first timeout (15:24) trailing 15-3. UT's lead reached 17 points (37-20) with 2:51 remaining in the first half, before the Flames finished the stanza on a 10-4 run. Sophomore center Will Simonton, who chipped in a career-high eight points, converted his second field goal with 24 seconds remaining in the half to pull UIC within nine, 39-30.
The Flames pulled within seven (47-40) at the 15:05 mark of the second half, but UT answered with a 9-2 run, and claimed a 56-42 lead with 11:12 remaining. UIC could draw no closer down the stretch.
The Flames had 16 assists on their 21 field goals, and turned the ball just 10 times. But Toledo committed just seven turnovers, shot 43.8 percent from the field in the first half and held a 48-38 advantage on the boards. UIC limited the Rockets to just a 36.7 percent shooting effort in the final 20:00.
UIC will lift the lid on Horizon League play next Wednesday (Jan. 2), when the Flames entertain Youngstown State at the Pavilion beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Penguins are 8-5 on the season, and defeated Marygrove, 93-52 on Saturday.