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Wiegand’s hustle helps UIC Flames hold off Wright State 60-55

Updated: February 26, 2013 11:25PM

All season, UIC coach Howard Moore has said he isn’t concerned with aesthetics.

In fact, the Flames are most successful when the game turns ugly. But Tuesday, when they hosted Wright State at the UIC Pavilion, the officials wanted to make the game a little prettier.

Ticky-tack calls put several Flames in foul trouble. But lucky for UIC, little-used freshman reserve Jake Wiegand was able to adjust in a 60-55 win over the Raiders.

With the victory, UIC completed a season sweep of Wright State and is guaranteed to host a first-round game Tuesday in the Horizon League tournament.

While Wiegand’s game didn’t look pretty, his hard-nosed
defense and rebounding in the second half were what propelled the Flames.

Wiegand finished with six points and four rebounds — two of which came in the late stages of the second half when the game was within two possessions.

“Playing in crunch time, it’s just that I got thrown in there,” Wiegand said. “It’s nothing new. I was ready for it right off the bat.”

The Flames (16-13, 7-8) had double-digit leads twice but failed to put the game away.

With the game tied at 6, Flames forward Hayden Humes hit three-pointers on three consecutive possessions, sparking a 13-2 run that put the Flames up by 11. Then after Wright State rallied to tie the game, UIC again took an 11-point lead at 9:15 in the second half.

Wright State (18-11, 9-6) was able to climb back into the game in the second half with drives to the basket, similar to the way Bradley broke down the Flames’ defense Saturday.

“We knew it was going to be just a bloodbath with two of the top
defensive teams in the league,” Moore said.

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