UIC traveled to Kent, Ohio for the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic, and the trip did not end well. The Flames fell to Yale 70-58, then host Kent State 78-60 and finally Southern Illinois 67-60 Sunday.
The Flames struggled in the first half of each game, much like they did in the first half of their season opener against DePaul. Their average halftime deficit in the three games this weekend was 15.3 points. They outscored Yale and Southern Illinois in those second halves, but not nearly enough to come close to actually pulling out a win.
The only reason the final margin of the Southern Illinois game was respectable was because of a late run that cut the lead from 15 to seven points in the final 1:33.
“Our first half needs to be at the same level as our second half,” coach Howard Moore said in a release. “We have become a good second half team and now we need to put together a full 40 minutes of basketball.”
One bright spot for the Flames was senior guard Jay Harris hitting the hardwood for the first time with the team. Harris was suspended along with redshirt freshman Lance Whitaker for the first three games of the season. Both made their debuts against Kent State.
Harris started against the Golden Flashes and the Salukis. He scored 14 points in his debut and then led the team with 19 points on 8-for-14 shooting against Southern Illinois.
Whitaker came off the bench for three points against Kent State and then started against Southern Illinois, tallying six points and two assists.
The Flames should be able to end the losing streak Tuesday when they host St. Xavier, an NAIA school.