Flames End Canada Tour With 71-57 Win at Brock

Jake Wiegand posted 25 points and 15 rebounds at Brock.
Jake Wiegand posted 25 points and 15 rebounds at Brock.

Aug. 18, 2014




St. CATHARINE’S, Ontario – After playing its fifth game in six days the UIC men’s basketball team grinded out a 71-57 victory against Brock University on Monday night as the Flames concluded their Canadian tour with a 3-2 record. Junior Jake Wiegand was a force in the post, recording a double-double with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Those totals smash his regular season career highs of 17 points and 10 boards. Wiegand shot 8-of-12 from the field for the game, which included five dunks, and sank all nine of his free throw attempts.

“I’m very proud of our guys for pulling out the win tonight,” said head coach Howard Moore. “It wasn’t pretty, but our program is not worried about aesthetics. At the end of the day it’s about wins and losses and our players showed that they wanted to win.”

Wiegand made his presence known in the fourth quarter as he single-handedly outscored Brock, 15-9. The Flames faced a six-point deficit heading into the final period, but took back the lead for good after a 12-3 run.

“Jake was a difference maker for us tonight,” said Moore. “He carried us in the fourth quarter when we needed someone to step up.”

Brock relied heavily on the duo of Johneil Simpson and Dani Elgadi who combined for 37 of the Badger’s 57 points. Both players reached double-double status as Elgadi had 17 points and 16 rebounds, while Simpson totaled 21 points and 10 caroms.

The game was back-and-forth during the first half as neither squad shot the ball well. UIC ended the game with a 34.6 percent shooting clip, while Brock shot 31.3 percent. The Flames found momentum at the end of the first half with a 10-0 run and paced the Badger’s by a score of 33-29.

The third quarter belonged to Brock as they outscored UIC, 19-9. With 2:40 left in the third period the Badger’s executed a 9-0 run with eight points coming from Elgadi. The 6-7 wing drilled back-to-back threes to close out the quarter, giving Brock a 48-42 advantage.

Twelve of the first 15 points in the fourth quarter came from UIC and the Flames grabbed the lead for good with 7:52 remaining. Wiegand converted three three-point plays in the final stanza.

Junior Gabe Snider was the other Flame to post double figures with 11 points. Junior point guard D’Juan Miller once again paced UIC with five assists and just one turnover, chipping in nine points. Seniors Marc Brown and Ahman Fells crashed the boards with eight and seven rebounds, respectively.

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