Dec. 5, 2006
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DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois was unable to overcome 26% first-half shooting and fell 71-48 to the Illinois-Chicago Flames Tuesday night at the Convocation Center. The Huskies were led by Quintan Lipkins, who scored a career-high 12 points and freshman Cody Yelder who added 11.
"I thought UIC started the game with a high level of defensive intensity," NIU head coach Rob Judson said. "Offensively we were highly affected by that."
UIC, who upped its mark to 5-4, used a 25-8 run in the final 12:52 of the first half to take a 39-17 advantage into halftime. NIU was 6-of-23 from the field during the game's initial 20 minutes, including 1-of-10 from behind the arc.
The Huskies, now 3-2 on the year, shot 52.2% percent in the second half but were unable to overcome the early deficit as the Flames held onto their early lead throughout the game.
James Hughes led all players with seven rebounds, but was held scoreless in the contest, going 0-for-3 from the floor.
"They did a nice job of double-teaming James Hughes which we have seen before and we work on that in practice, but we didn't execute it," Judson said.
UIC guard Josh Mayo paced all scorers with 16 points, leading a quartet of Flames in double-figures.
NIU will be in action Friday evening against Georgia Southern at the Drake Regency Challenge Classic in Des Moines, Iowa. The Huskies will face either Troy or tournament host Drake on Saturday.