Bad night in Big D
FLAMES’ OFFENSE COLD AGAIN
December 20, 2014
Another cold start led to another loss as the Flames shot just 26.6 percent from the field as host SMU pulled away for a 67-46 victory at Moody Coliseum in Dallas.
In what was a homecoming for senior guard Marc Brown, he led the Flames (3-9) with 15 points, but did it on just 5-for-16 shooting. No other UIC player scored more than six points on the evening.
Keith Frazier posted a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds and former Illinois State star Nic Moore added 16 points for the Mustangs (7-3), who also struggled early before hitting their stride and finishing at 53.7 percent from the field.
UIC trailed just 9-7 after Tai Odiase’s jumper with 11:02 left in the first half, but the Flames’ continued cold shooting finally did them in. SMU closed the first half on a 20-8 run.
The Flames showed some life in the second half. After Moore’s jumper gave the Mustangs a 34-20 lead with 17:38 left, UIC countered with 10 straight points. Wiegand scored six points during the spurt, which was capped by Jay Harris’ jumper with 13:51 left that cut the deficit to 34-30.
The Mustangs regained control with a 14-4 run, keyed by Frazier’s 10 points, for a 48-34 lead. The Flames had one last counterattack, pulling to within 50-41 with 8:45 remaining after a 3-pointer by Brown and a jumper by Lance Whitaker.
However, SMU countered with 12 straight points, capped by Moore’s jumper with 4:47 lead for a 62-41 lead.
FLAMES FLICKERS: Brown, who went to Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, registered his 30th career double-digit scoring game. He had 40 relatives and friends in attendance. … SMU badly beat UIC on the boards (43-27) and at the free-throw line (20-5). … UIC did force 20 turnovers, an SMU season high. … Odiase racked up three more blocked shots to go with six points and two steals. … Wiegand struggled for the second straight game, finishing with six points on 2-for-7 shooting and seven rebounds.