UIC head coach Howard Moore watched his Flames’ losing streak reach 13 games Wednesday night. UIC lost at first-place Green Bay (19-4, 9-1 Horizon), 81-70, as the Phoenix completed their season sweep of the Flames. Green Bay defeated UIC on Jan. 19, 69-64.
The Flames produced their typical show, sticking close with the more talented Phoenix more most of the game. UIC and Green Bay were tied with 5:04 left in the first half, and the Flames trailed by only one point into the period’s final minute.
UIC once again tied Green Bay with 11:04 remaining in the game.
Green Bay built a nine-point lead, but UIC cut it to five points nearing the three-minute mark.
The Flames allowed the Phoenix to go on a 5-0 spurt, putting the lead at 10 points and effectively eliminating a UIC comeback.
As is typical with Green Bay, senior Alec Brown and junior Keifer Sykes led the way with significant contributions coming from other role players.
Brown led all scorers with 20 points and shared a game-high three blocks with teammate Greg Mays. Mays had one of his better all-around games of the season with nine points and nine rebounds as well.
Sykes flirted with a triple-double, posting 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. The junior guard’s line could have been even more impressive if he shot better than his 10-of-17 (58.8%) at the foul line.
Sophomore Jordan Fouse added seven points and nine boards while sophomore Carrington Love recorded 13 points.
Senior Jordan Harks led UIC with 17 points and 12 rebounds. The performance marked his third double-double of the season.
Freshman Pat Birt recorded a career-high 16 points off the bench, including 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.
UIC returns to action Feb. 13 at Cleveland State (15-9, 6-3 Horizon).