One-man show not nearly enough
KENT STATE ROLLS DESPITE WIEGAND’S BIG GAME
November 23, 2014
However, for UIC, the junior forward could use a little help.
Despite another big game from Wiegand, who scored 26 points on 11-for-15 shooting to go with nine rebounds, the Flames were hammered by host Kent State 78-60 in the second game of the round-robin Men Against Breast Cancer Classic on Saturday night.
Derek Jackson scored 17 points and Devareaux Manley added 15 points on five 3-pointers for the Golden Flashes (4-0), who 50 percent from 3-point range and 44 percent overall.
Fifth-year senior Jay Harris, who made his UIC debut after sitting out a three-game suspension, scored 14 points for the Flames (1-3). Redshirt freshman Lance Whitaker played his first game in over a year and scored three points in 17 minutes off the bench.
The Flames fell behind big early for the second straight night and couldn’t recover, trailing 10-2 at the first media timeout. UIC showed some fight as it pulled within 14-11 on Wiegand’s layup, but things fell apart soon thereafter.
Kris Brewer scored seven straight points and Manley hit a 3-pointer to cap a 16-4 blitz that opened a 40-21 lead for Kent State.
The Golden Flashes led 47-29 at the half as they shot 51.7 percent and the Flames shot 37.9 percent. Wiegand was 8-for-9 from the field in the opening half while the rest of his teammates combined to shoot 3-for-20.
Kent State led by as many as 26 in the second half, sending the Flames into Sunday afternoon’s contest with Southern Illinois looking to salvage a win before returning home on Tuesday for a game against St. Xavier.
FLAMES FLICKERS: UIC used a season-high 13 players. … Paris Burns was 1-for-10 from the field but had three of the Flames’ four assists. … UIC committed just five turnovers. Kent State had just seven. … The Flames did shoot very well from the free-throw line, going 22-for-28 (78.6 percent).