Rapid Reaction: Green Bay 78, UIC 76

Photo: Jesse Kramer / thecatchandshoot.com
Photo: Jesse Kramer / thecatchandshoot.com
Photo: Jesse Kramer / thecatchandshoot.com

CHICAGO — UIC fell just shy of its first Horizon League win of the season as Turner Botz’s free throws with one second left Thursday gave Green Bay a 78-76 at the UIC Pavilion.

 

—As bad as an 0-13 record against Division I is, UIC (2-13, 0-4 Horizon) overall played a very solid game. The Flames missed 10 free throws, including one by sophomore forward Tai Odiase that could have given them a lead with 14.9 seconds remaining. That certainly stings in a close loss.

UIC also had a few untimely turnovers but ultimately handled Green Bay’s pressure defense well with a 20.0 turnover percentage. The Phoenix had forced turnovers in 22 percent of their defensive possessions entering Thursday.

 

—Jake Wiegand played his best game in a long, long time. The once-promising forward has had major struggles ever since the start of conference play last season. The 6-foot-8 senior turned back the clock Thursday, recording 18 points and eight rebounds.

Wiegand, often an emotional player, went above and beyond in terms of energy Wednesday. He hit the floor several times on hustle plays. After dunking over Green Bay forward Kenneth Lowe in the first half, Wiegand stared down his posterized defender and howled.

 

—The Flames neutralized Carrington Love and forced the Phoenix’s supporting cast to beat them. Sophomore wing Lance Whitaker drew the assignment on Love for a large portion of the game, and he held the Green Bay star 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting. He also had six turnovers compared to four assists.

Sophomore guard Khalil Small led Green Bay (11-6, 4-1) with 15 points while forward Jordan Fouse and guard Charles Cooper each had 10.

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