OTTAWA – The UIC men’s basketball team faced top-level competition on Thursday night in game number two of its Canadian tour as the Flames squared off against Carleton University, national champions in nine of the last 10 seasons.UIC owned a five-point lead early in the third quarter, but the Ravens made several runs in the second half to cement the exhibition victory by a final score of 64-49.
The Flames were led by senior Marc Brown with 11 points and the Ravens were paced by three-time national player of the year Philip Scrubb with 24 points.Scrubb recently returned to Ottawa after competing with the Canadian National team.
“Tonight was a hard-fought college basketball game,” said head coach Howard Moore.“Carleton forced us into some difficult situations and we didn’t have the hot-hand like we did last night.I am proud of the way our guys kept fighting.This trip has already given us coaches a plethora on teaching moments and areas of improvement that we can take back to Chicago.”
Both teams struggled to find rhythm offensively in the opening quarter as they combined to miss their first six shots.Carleton scored all 15 of its first-quarter points from three-point range and held a 15-12 lead heading into the second frame.
The Flames found themselves behind eight points after the Ravens executed a 10-0 run mid-way through the second quarter.UIC responded with eight straight to end the half and knot the count at 27-27.
The Flames extended their run to 13-0 early in the third period after five quick points from junior Gabe Snider, taking a 32-27 edge.Snider ended the night with eight points along with redshirt freshman Lance Whitaker and sophomore Markese McGuire.Carleton answered back with a 12-0 offensive spurt, which included seven points from Scrubb.The Ravens led for the remainder of the contest as they outscored UIC, 21-11, in the final period.
UIC heads to the city of Toronto on Friday morning and resumes play on Saturday against the University of Toronto at 2 p.m. ET.
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