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Men’s team drops tough road match

Jake Wiegand

Junior Jake Wiegand led UIC with 11 points and six rebounds Saturday afternoon.
— Photo: Timothy Nguyen

The men’s basketball team (2-5) dropped a tough road matchat Dayton (4-1) Saturday afternoon, 75-41.

The Flames host Loyola at 1 p.m. Saturday at the UIC Pavilion.

The Flames held a 10-8 lead with 8:42 left in the first half, but the Flyers outscored UIC, 48-25, in the final period to secure their seventh straight home win.

Junior Jake Wiegand paced UIC with a team-high 11 points and six rebounds. He continues to lead the Flames in scoring (16.4) and rebounding (8.4).

With Dayton in front, 22-16, at the 1:59 mark in the first period, the Flyers scored five straight points to end the half at 27-16. The Flames played strong defense for most of the first half, holding the Flyers to a 27 points and forcing eight turnovers. UIC entered the contest giving up an average of 39.5 points in the first half through six games.

Dayton continued its offensive spurt to start the second period by scoring three straight buckets. The Flyers put the game out of reach by the 12:49 mark as they shot ahead 51-20 on the heels of a 16-0 run, which included four triples.

Junior Jason McClellan saw his first action of the season with five points, two rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 19 minutes.

Fifth-year transfer Jay Harris added eight points and four rebounds. Junior Gabe Snider sank two three-pointers in the second half. He is shooting 44 percent (8-of-18) from downtown on the season.

Freshman Tai Odiase has recorded at least one blocked shot in all seven of his collegiate games, recording one versus the Flyers and bringing his season total to 15.

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