Men’s squad grabs home opener against Western
In front of more than 5,550 fans, the men’s basketball team (1-1) claimed a 67-64 victory against Western Illinois (0-2) Monday night in its home opener at the UIC Pavilion.
The Flames returns to action at 4 p.m. Friday versus Yale during the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic hosted by Kent State.
Junior Jake Wiegand was a force as he posted a career-high 28 points and 11 rebounds, his second straight double-double this season.
“It was a terrific team win,” said head coach Howard Moore. “Jake was a beast for us today, but everybody found a way to contribute. We still have many areas where we can improve, but I am pleased with the effort our guys gave. Winning at home is something we are taking very seriously this season and I’m glad we could give the fans a victory.”
Junior Paris Burns posted 13 points for his second straight double-digit scoring performance. He grabbed five rebounds, shot 7-of-9 from the foul line and notched three steals.
Freshman Tai Odiase made his presence known in the post with nine rebounds, four blocked shots, six points and two assists.
The Flames had a five-point lead with 4:06 left in the opening period, but Western scored 10 of the final 15 points to knot the tally at 35. Western held the advantage early in the second half and built a five-point edge with 14:19 left to play. The Flames responded with an 11-2 run over the next six minutes, reclaiming the lead for good.