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Bad night for Flames, Goode for Titans

SHOOTING ABANDONS UIC IN LOSS AT DETROIT

February 15, 2008

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Detroit’s Jon Goode sparked a 18-1 run in the second half.

All the momentum UIC had built for a run at the No. 2 seed in Horizon League was halted with a humiliating effort on Thursday night.

Detroit used a 18-1 burst in the second half and the visiting Flames went over six minutes without a field goal during the stretch as the Titans took a 68-60 victory at Calihan Hall.

The loss snapped UIC’s four-game winning streak and represented just Detroit’s second win in its last 18 games.

Titans senior guard Jon Goode scored all 22 of his points after halftime. The Horizon League’s leading scorer did not attempt a field goal in the first half, but Detroit (6-18, 2-12) led 27-26 anyway.

UIC (14-11, 8-6) grabbed a 44-39 lead after a layup by Robert Kreps with 12:12 remaining in the game.

However, Goode started the comeback with a layup and then a pass in transition to Eulis Stephens for a dunk. By the time, the 18-1 run was done, Goode scored 10 points and handed out two assists and the Titans led 57-45 with 7:51 to play. The Flames missed eight straight field goals to fall into the deep hole.

“In the second half, I came out with a lot more confidence,” Goode said. “The coaches really kept us positive. I came out and hit a couple threes and that might have sparked us.”

Detroit led by as many as 13 points, but UIC scratched back to within six points on two free throws by Karl White Jr.

The Flames pulled within 62-56 with 2:34 to play and played great defense on the Titans’ next possession, but one-time UIC recruiting target Zach Everingham nailed a deep three-pointer with just over 2 minutes left and the shot clock running down to break the Flames’ hearts on Valentine’s Day.

Goode also had six rebounds and four assists, but he did have eight of Detroit’s 15 turnovers. Stephens and Josh Samarco each added 14 points for the Titans, who ended up shooting 50 percent from the field and 58 percent from three-point range.

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Flames senior forward Jermaine Dailey scored a career-high 13 points.

Kreps led UIC with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting and Jermaine Dailey tallied a career-best 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting, but the rest of the Flames endured nightmare games.

Junior guard Josh Mayo, the Horizon’s second-leading scorer, barely broke double figures with 11 points on 4-for-17 shooting and 2-for-12 from three-point range.

Sophomore point guard Spencer Stewart scored three points on 1-for-10 shooting, but he did have six assists and a team-best five rebounds.

Junior center Scott VanderMeer was quiet with just seven points on seven shots and three rebounds. The Flames’ inability to get the ball into VanderMeer’s hands put acute pressure on the perimeter players.

For the game, UIC shot just 38 percent from the field and 24 percent from three-point range. The Flames were just 1-for-12 on threes in the second half as the game slipped away.

The Flames actually made five of their first six shots from the field to take a 12-5 lead. Mayo scored five points in the mini-run to start the game. Detroit crawled back into the contest as UIC got cold.

Tori Boyd hit a layup with 3:32 left in the first half for a 26-24 lead, but both went scoreless for three minutes until Samarco drilled a three-pointer to put the Titans ahead by one at intermission.

FLAMES FLICKERS: UIC’s winning streak with Stewart starting at the point ended at nine. …

The loss puts the Flames’ hopes for a No. 2 seed in serious jeopardy as both Wright State and Cleveland State won their games on Thursday night. The Raiders are two games ahead of UIC with a win against the Flames in hand. The Vikings are 1½ games ahead of UIC. …

The loss also prevented UIC for sweeping the regular-season series from the Titans for the first time. …

Coming into Thursday’s game, the Flames have limited their last four foes to shoot just 25.6 percent (22-for-86) from three-point range before the Titans exploded to make 58 percent. …

Dailey’s previous career-high in points was 10 coming against Central Michigan and Howard earlier this season.

Outside of the combined 12-for-15 shooting by Kreps and Dailey, the Flames shot a miserable 11-for-45 (24 percent).

UP NEXT: UIC caps its two-game road trip with second-place Wright State on Saturday night.

The red-hot Raiders have won nine straight games and stand at 18-6 overall and 10-4 in the Horizon League. WSU squeaked past Loyola 55-51 on Thursday night to keep the streak alive. Sophomore guard Vaughn Duggins had 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting and Scottie Wilson added 17 points for the Raiders.

WSU is looking for its second straight sweep of UIC. The Raiders are the only team to beat the Flames at the Pavilion this year, escaping with a 76-75 triumph after Duggins and Todd Brown each hit clutch shots in the final minute.

The game tips off at 6 p.m. Central time on Saturday from the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. Coverage is available with video streaming available on the Horizon League Network and audio is available on the internet uicflames.com.

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