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One-man show not nearly enough


November 23, 2014

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Forward Jake Wiegand scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead UIC on Saturday.

Jake Wiegand is playing like he’s one of the top players in the Horizon League.

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).

In other recent news:
Yale 70, UIC 58: Ivy League education(11/22/14)
UIC 67, Western Illinois 64: Wiegand flexes muscle (11/19/14)
DePaul 72, UIC 71: Opening fight (11/16/14)
Exhibition: UIC 70, Beloit 54: Size matters – in their hearts (11/11/14)