UIC Defense Stifles Toronto in 87-50 Victory
Aug. 16, 2014
TORONTO – The UIC men’s basketball team held Toronto to 29 percent shooting in an 87-50 exhibition win on Saturday afternoon, picking up their first Canadian tour win. Five Flames recorded double-digit totals as junior Gabe Snider led the way with 22 points, hitting 8-of-12 from the field. In the last three games, Snider is averaging 19.3 points and shooting 54 percent (13-of-24) from behind the arc.
Junior Jake Wiegand dropped in 15 points, senior Ahman Fells and sophomore Markese McGuire added 12, while junior Jason McClellan netted 10. Junior D’Juan Miller corralled a game-high seven rebounds as sophomore Marcus White dished out five assists to lead all players.
“I was pleased with our overall performance today,” said head coach Howard Moore. “We played with great intensity on the defensive end and forced Toronto into many difficult situations. I think we still have several areas to improve upon, but today was a good confidence builder for our guys.”
After Toronto scored the opening bucket, the Flames responded with 16 unanswered points and led by double digits for the remainder of the game. UIC limited the Blues to just 2-of-16 (12.5 percent) shooting in the first quarter and owned a 19-4 advantage after 10 minutes of play.
Toronto outscored UIC in the second period, 24-21, as they converted several contested jumpers. The Flames held a 40-28 lead at halftime as Snider paced UIC with 10 points.
Midway through the third quarter the Blues stayed within striking distance and cut UIC’s lead down to 51-41 with 2:42 left in the period. That’s when the Flames tightened their defense and executed a 23-0 run which spanned for more than eight minutes and into the fourth quarter. UIC led by as much as 39 points and outscored Toronto, 25-9, in the final stanza.
The Flames excelled on the boards as they out-rebounded Toronto, 44-23. UIC’s defense forced 16 turnovers which translated into 23 points on the opposite end.
Today’s contest was the final game inside the Athletic Centre-Sports Gym for the Blues as they will begin playing at the brand new Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.
UIC returns to action on Sunday as they compete against York University at 2 p.m. CT.
Stayed tuned to UICFlames.com for recaps and results and be sure to follow the UIC men’s basketball team on twitter at @UICFlamesMBB for live-scoring updates.