Nov. 12, 2013
UIC Game Notes
The UIC men's basketball team will host Roosevelt (NAIA) for the fourth-straight season on Wednesday night at the UIC Pavilion with tip scheduled for 7 p.m. CT. The Lakers enter the mid-week match-up with a 5-0 record, most recently defeating Goshen College (68-64) on Nov. 9. The Flames will look for their first win after suffering a heartbreaking 61-59 loss versus Drake last Saturday night.
Recapping The Drake Game
The Flames dropped its season opener in heartbreaking fashion against Drake this past Saturday by a final score of 61-59. Hayden Humes' game-tying finger roll attempt in the final seconds bounced around the rim several times before falling off the front of the iron. UIC struggled to contain Bulldog guard Richard Carter who put up a career-high 38 points on 12-of-17 shooting. The Flames held the lead for the majority of the first half, but Carter's 24-point second-half output proved to be the difference maker.
Trio of Flames Hit Double Digits
The UIC trio of Marc Brown, Kelsey Barlow and Hayden Humes all reached double-digit individual point totals this past Saturday as Brown led the way with a team-high 20 points, while Barlow and Humes added 11 and 10, respectively. The threesome combined to score 41 of the Flames' 59 points, which computes to nearly 70 percent of UIC's offensive sum. That ratio hit 90 percent in the second half as Brown, Barlow and Humes netted 26 of the Flames' 29 points in the final 20 minutes.
What Can Barlow Do For You?
Senior Purdue transfer Kelsey Barlow showed his ability to distribute the ball as he racked up a career-high seven assists against Drake last Saturday. Seven helpers was a game-high and ties for the second-highest single-game total among Horizon League players so far this season. Barlow's seven assists equaled Drake's team output as the Flames doubled the Bulldogs' mark with 14.
The UIC fan base showed tremendous support in the season opener this past Saturday with a recorded attendance of 5,245. That total serves as the highest turnout for UIC since Jan. 12, 2012, when the Flames hosted Butler and welcomed a crowd of 5,931, nearly 20 months ago. As of Monday night, the 5,000-plus UIC audience stands as the highest tally among Horizon League program's at their home venue so far this season.
Interesting Road Game Tidbit
Of the 347 Division-I men's basketball programs, UIC is one of just 37 teams (10.6%) to travel for a true road game on or after Dec. 7 as the Flames head to cross-town rival Loyola. Dec. 7, 2013 serves as UIC's longest stretch of no road games to begin a season since the 1985-86 campaign (28 years). The Flames will travel before Dec. 7 to compete in the bd Global Gulf Coast Showcase in late November, which will function as neutral site contests for all participating teams.
Barlow Named Preseason All-Horiozn League
Senior Purdue transfer Kelsey Barlow was named to the preseason All-Horizon League Second Team, which was announced at the annual media day event on Oct. 16. Barlow came to UIC prior to the 2012-13 season, but had to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules. The Indianapolis native starred three years for the Boilermakers, earning a spot on the All-Big Ten Freshman Team in 2009-10. He averaged 8.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game during his junior year at Purdue, reaching double-digit point totals on 10 occasions.