Flames Win Second Straight in 81-57 Victory at York|
Aug. 17, 2014
TORONTO – The UIC men’s basketball team picked up its second straight Canadian tour win on Sunday afternoon with an 81-57 victory against York University at the Tait McKenzie Centre. The Flames’ defense shined once again as they limited York to a shooting mark of 32.7 percent. Senior Marc Brown posted a game-high 20 points as he shot 7-of-10 from the floor.
The Flames displayed a well-balanced offense with six separate players scoring eight or more points. Sophomore Markese McGuire and junior Jason McClellan joined Brown in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Junior D’Juan Miller was UIC’s main facilitator with a game-high nine assists, while junior Jake Wiegand neared double-double territory with eight points and eight rebounds.
“Today was a great team victory,” said head coach Howard Moore. “We started a little slow during the first period, but then our guys really clamped down on defense and took control of the game. This team has already taken tremendous strides forward since our first game in Canada and our staff is very excited about the potential with this group.”
It was a fast-paced affair in the opening minutes as York sprinted to a 13-4 lead by the 6:33 mark. The Flames chipped away and cut the Lions’ advantage down to 24-19 by the end of the first period.
The second quarter is when UIC applied a lock-down defense that held York to just seven points. The Flames opened the period on a 12-2 run and grabbed the lead for good by the 6:39 mark. Senior Ahman Fells began the offensive surge for UIC with back-to-back dunks as he ended the day with three slams and eight points. The Flames enjoyed a 39-31 edge going into the locker room.
York scored the first four points of the third quarter and pulled to within four of UIC (39-35), but that’s the closest they would come for the rest of the game. The Flames closed out the third period on an 11-2 run, extending their lead to 62-45.
UIC kept applying pressure in the final stanza and quickly amassed a 21-point advantage just 68 seconds in to the fourth quarter after consecutive made jumpers by Brown and Fells. The Flames led comfortably for the remainder of the contest, improving their Canadian tour record to 2-2.
UIC’s bench was a key factor in today’s game as they outscored York’s reserves by a margin of 40-4. The Lions also committed 23 turnovers which were converted in to 27 points for the Flames.
UIC will compete in its fifth and final contest of the Canadian tour tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET against Brock University. That game will be streamed live by Brocktv.ca/live
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.