CHICAGO -- Illinois-Chicago couldn't miss a shot to start the second half Wednesday night and beat NAIA opponent Roosevelt for the fourth straight year because of it.
Canning six straight field goals and 11 of their first 13 after intermission, the Flames blew open a competitive game and cruised to an 87-65 decision over the Lakers at UIC Pavilion.
It was 38-29 at halftime, but UIC (1-1) simply couldn't be stopped coming out of the locker room. When Markese McGuire hit a layup with 7:04 left in the game, the Flames led 76-55 and were 14-of-18 in the second half. They finished the night at 36-of-60 from the field.
Marc Brown poured in a game-high 25 points for UIC, converting 11-of-14 from the floor and making both 3-point attempts. Purdue transfer Kelsey Barlow added 11, along with five assists and four rebounds. A total of 12 Flames scored.
Roosevelt, which declared the game an exhibition and remains 5-0, shot the ball well enough to beat some NCAA Division I foes. With Korey Ryan pumping in 23 points on 8-of-9 accuracy, including 6-of-7 from the 3-point arc, the Lakers finished at a solid 46 percent from the floor and were a blazing 11-of-17 on 3s.
But UIC was able to force 20 turnovers and turn them into 24 points. It also enjoyed a 17-4 edge in second-chance points, using its size and quickness advantages over the lower-level foe.
The Flames continue their four-game homestand Saturday against Eastern Illinois at 3 p.m.