UIC Falls Short Against Milwaukee

Photo: AP | Paul Beaty
Photo: AP | Paul Beaty

UIC’s second-half struggles continued Thursday night in a 67-63 loss to Milwaukee (13-6, 3-2 Horizon).

The Flames (5-13, 0-4) held a 36-23 at halftime, but the Panthers outscored them 44-27 in the second period. Opponents have outscored the Flames in six straight second halves, and in four games they held leads at halftime. In a fifth, they only trailed Youngstown State by one point at intermission.

‘This is a tough stretch for us, but we will continue to stay positive” UIC head coach Howard Moore said. “Milwaukee came out aggressive in the second half and that was the difference. If we can find a way to limit our turnovers then I think we are going to be fine.”

Milwaukee used a 14-2 run in the second half to take its first lead, 48-47, with 12:03 remaining.

UIC jumped back ahead at the 5:33 mark, but senior Jordan Aaron‘s free throws put the Panthers back on top for good.

Aaron finished the night with 18 points, tying UIC junior Marc Brown for the game-high. Aaron also had four assists.

Panthers junior Steve McWhorter recorded a game-high eight assists to go along with 10 points.

Sophomore forward Matt Tiby had 13 points, and freshman guard Cody Wichmann posted 11 points off the bench. Wichmann shot 4-of-4 from the field, including three three-pointers.

The Flames recevied double-digit scoring from senior Jordan Harks (14 points) and junior Jay Parker (12 points). Parker also registered a team-high four assists.

UIC continues its home stand Sunday afternoon against first-place Green Bay (13-3, 3-0). The Phoenix are the only unbeaten team remaining in the Horizon League.

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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