CHICAGO (GreenBayPhoenix.com)- Green Bay made just seven of its 29 3-point attempts on Wednesday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, four of which came in the final 3 minutes with the game out of reach, before falling 84-73 at UIC in its third-straight road game. The Flames (7-10, 2-2 HL) shot 58 percent (32-for-55) from the field, while the Phoenix (8-11, 2-4 HL) shot 41 percent (27-for-66).
Khalil Small led Green Bay with 27 points and nine rebounds, increasing his streak of double-digit scoring games to 19-straight this season and 20-straight overall. Small finished 11-for-21 from the field and has now scored 20-plus points in each of his last three games, while finishing a rebound shy of recording his third career double-double.
UIC opened up a 15-2 lead right out of the gates, playing its first home Horizon League game of the season and just its fourth HL game so far this year. GB was playing its sixth HL game, and will play its seventh on Friday night at IUPUI, before playing its eighth on Monday night at the Resch Center against Milwaukee.
The Phoenix tried to make things somewhat interesting late in the game, going on a 12-2 run and scoring 11 points in the final 3 minutes of action. GB was able to cut the deficit to single digits at 82-73, but that came with only a minute to play and the Flames would score the final points of the game to end the improbable comeback.
The Flames made 12-straight shots at one point in the first half and GB went just 1-for-14 from 3-point range, with the Flames eventually taking a 42-25 halftime lead. The 25 points scored by the Phoenix in the first half are its fewest in any HL game this season and the second-fewest in any game this year.
GB was able to force UIC into 21 turnovers, the most its forced against any Division I opponent this season and the most turnovers the Flames have committed in their 17 games. The Phoenix scored just 24 points off those 21 turnovers, missing opportunities to chip away at its deficit, which it faced for nearly 37 minutes of the game.
Sandy Cohen III added 22 points, having now scored in double-figures in seven of his eight games played this season. Cohen also grabbed six rebounds and finished 7-for-15 from the field, a game after scoring 27 points at YSU.
UIC scored 45 points in the paint, compared to Green Bay’s 25. Both teams finished an identical 12-for-15 from the free throw line.
The Flames were led by a quartet of players in double-figures, highlighted by Dikembe Dixson’s 23 points on 10-for-12 shooting.
The busy travel schedule continues this week for Green Bay, which will now travel south to play IUPUI in Indianapolis on Friday night.