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Bad night in Big D

FLAMES’ OFFENSE COLD AGAIN

December 20, 2014

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UIC senior Marc Brown scored a team-high 15 points in his return to his hometown of Dallas.

With former U.S. President George W. Bush in the house, UIC’s approval rating took another hit on Wednesday night.

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.

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