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Marcus Ottey day-to-day with wrist injury

UIC freshman Marcus Ottey will be day-to-day with a left wrist injury, coach Steve McClain said Tuesday after the Flames’ win against Milwaukee. McClain said he was not sure if the injury was a break or a sprain. “I don’t know,” McClain said. “What I know is he could be back in a day, a week or three weeks.” Ottey, a 6’2″ guard, was averaging 10.3 points this season...
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6 days ago

Illinois-Chicago beats Youngstown State 92-89 in OT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) Dominique Matthews scored a career-best 21 points as the University of Illinois Chicago beat Youngstown State 92-89 in overtime on Saturday. Tarkus Ferguson added 15 points with 10 rebounds for the Flames (9-8, 2-2 Horizon League). Marcus Ottey and K.J. Santos had 14 points apiece and Kyle Guice 12. Guice sank two 3-pointers to help keep the Flames on top...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Weekly Awards, Jan. 9

Every week for the 2016-17 season, The Catch and Shoot will name a Player of the Week, Freshman of the Week, Team of the Week and Game of the Week among the five Division I schools in the Chicago area. Here are the winners for the 8th week of the season (Jan. 2-Jan. 8): Player of the Week Milton Doyle, Loyola Doyle set a career-high with 35 points in a win at Bradley, and he also...
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15 days ago

UIC cruises in 2nd half, beats Detroit 78-64

CHICAGO (AP) Tarkus Ferguson had 16 points, six rebounds and six assists Friday night and Illinois-Chicago notched its first Horizon League win, beating Detroit 78-64. The Flames (8-7, 1-1) recovered from a slow start - falling behind 9-2 - and mostly cruised after building a 40-25 lead at the break. The Titans (2-13, 0-3) had a 9-2 run to cut their deficit to 71-61 but got no...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

UIC drops Horizon League opener to Valpo

Valparaiso defeated UIC 70-59 at the UIC Pavilion on Friday in the Horizon League opener for both teams. The game was much closer than the final score suggests, as UIC’s freshman backcourt duo of Godwin Boahen and Tarkus Ferguson provided much-needed offense. Ferguson led UIC with 16 points, Boahen added 13 points and junior forward Tai Odiase contributed 11 points. Odiase Continues...
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24 days ago

Walker, Peters lead Valparaiso over Illinois-Chicago 70-59

CHICAGO (AP) Tevonn Walker scored 23 points, and Alec Peters added 18 points and 11 rebounds as Valparaiso beat Illinois-Chicago 70-59, its 16th straight win over the Flames, in a Horizon League opener on Friday. Walker was 8 of 9 from the field, and Peters was 5-of-15 shooting from the field and has scored in double-figures in every game this season for the Crusaders (11-3)....
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Weekly Awards, Dec. 26

Every week for the 2016-17 season, The Catch and Shoot will name a Player of the Week, Freshman of the Week, Team of the Week and Game of the Week among the five Division I schools in the Chicago area. Here are the winners for the 6th week of the season (Dec. 19-Dec. 25): Player of the Week Tai Odiase, UIC Odiase averaged 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks as UIC went 2-0 last week...
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29 days ago

Godwin Boahen posts first triple-double in program history as UIC blows out Roosevelt

Freshman guard Godwin Boahen sliced up Roosevelt on Thursday with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists to lead UIC to a 91-53 win and complete the program’s first triple-double since moving to Division I in 1981. UIC played well enough in the first half to take a 42-27 lead into the break, but the Flames really exploded after halftime. They scored the first six points of the...
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December 23, 2016

Marcus Ottey continues dunkfest, posterizes poor Roosevelt defender

UIC demolished Roosevelt on Thursday, 91-53, and this dunk by Flames freshman Marcus Ottey pretty much sums up the game. With UIC already leading by 25 points midway through the second half, Ottey completely decimated freshman Andre Raiford Jr. with this dunk off a baseline drive. Look at Marcus Ottey bring the HAMMER & the HOUSE DOWN with this #SCtop10 worthy slam in #UIC‘s...
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December 23, 2016

Odiase, Boahen lead UIC past NAIA Roosevelt 91-53

CHICAGO (AP) Tai Odiase scored 18 points, his fourth-straight game in double figures, and freshman Godwin Boahen recorded a triple-double as Illinois-Chicago raced past NAIA Roosevelt on Thursday night. Boahen scored 13 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished 11 assists. Fellow frosh Marcus Ottey also scored 13 on perfect 5-for-5 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers. Clint...
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December 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Tai Odiase’s career night leads UIC past Northern Arizona

Junior forward Tai Odiase scored a career-high 24 points to lead UIC to a 75-65 victory against Northern Arizona on Tuesday. At 6-6, the Flames have their best start through 12 games since the 2012-13 season when they began 9-3. Photo: UIC Athletics After an even opening 11 minutes, UIC  took a a 20-18 lead on junior forward Kyle Guice’s 3-pointer with 8:18 remaining in the...
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December 21, 2016

Lumberjacks burned by Flames

CHICAGO -- Tai Odiase scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Illinois-Chicago to a 75-65 win over Northern Arizona on Tuesday night.Godwin Boahen scored seven of his nine points as the Flames (6-6) used an 11-point run to go up 47-34 with 14:05 to play and the Lumberjacks (3-10) never got inside double figures again.The Flames reeled off their points in barely...
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December 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Odiase scored 24, Illinois-Chicago tops N Arizona 75-65

CHICAGO (AP) Tai Odiase scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Illinois-Chicago to a 75-65 win over Northern Arizona on Tuesday night. Godwin Boahen scored seven of his nine points as the Flames (6-6) used an 11-point run to go up 47-34 with 14:05 to play and the Lumberjacks (3-10) never got inside double figures again. The Flames reeled off their points...
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December 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Where does UIC turn with Dikembe Dixson out for the year?

After the first year of the Steve McClain era left much to be desired with three total victories against Division I opponents, beating DePaul and winning on the road against a Big East team was a significant milestone for UIC. Photo: UIC Athletics But the win came with a significant consequence. Sophomore wing Dikembe Dixson, who went into the DePaul game averaging 22.2 points...
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December 20, 2016

Loyola-Chicago survives in OT against rival Illinois-Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) Milton Doyle had 22 points and five steals and Loyola-Chicago rallied in the final minute to force overtime and beat crosstown rival Illinois-Chicago 81-75 on Saturday. The win is the fifth straight win for the Ramblers and their fourth in a row over the Flames. Loyola-Chicago trailed 68-65 with seven seconds left. However after Illinois-Chicago's Tai Odiase missed...
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December 17, 2016  |  Discuss

UIC gets first road win under McClain against rival DePaul

UIC finally got its first road win under second-year coach Steve McClain, and it couldn’t have come at a sweeter time. The Flames came from nine points down to upset crosstown rival DePaul, 80-75, at McGrath-Phillips Arena. With 56 seconds left, Guice drained a corner three off a beautiful drive and kick by Ottey to give UIC (5-5) a 76-73 lead. Guice was the least heralded recruit...
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December 14, 2016

Guice hits key 3, scores 14 to lead UIC past DePaul 80-75 (Dec 14, 2016)

CHICAGO (AP) Kyle Guice came off the bench to hit four 3-pointers, the last breaking a tie with 54.6 seconds left, and Illinois-Chicago defeated DePaul 80-75 on Wednesday night.Following a Blue Demon turnover, Marcus Ottey drove the left baseline and when he got to the basket he fired the ball to Guice in the right corner for the big shot. After both teams made two free throws,...
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December 14, 2016  |  Discuss

UIC falls short in impressive performance at Grand Canyon

While UIC still has not won a true road game during the Steve McClain era, Saturday’s performance at Grand Canyon proved the Flames are making huge strides forward. In a 73-69 loss, UIC (4-5) took Grand Canyon to the wire in a difficult road environment and even used a 12-0 run to take a 68-65 lead late in the second half. Despite being a Division I program for only three years...
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December 11, 2016

Russell, Vernon lift Grand Canyon past Ill.-Chicago 73-69

PHOENIX (AP) DeWayne Russell and Keonta Vernon combined for 33 points - including some clutch shooting in the final seconds - as Grand Canyon held on to defeat Illinois-Chicago 73-69 on Saturday night. Russell finished with 18 points, his sixth-straight game in double figures, and hit a free throw with 13 seconds left to push the game out of reach. Vernon finished with 15 points...
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December 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Dixson, Ottey lead UIC victory against Chicago State

Dikembe Dixson scored 20 points and Marcus Ottey added 15 as UIC cruised to a 74-58 victory Wednesday against Chicago State. Photo: Jesse Kramer / thecatchandshoot.com After a mostly even first 18 minutes, UIC (4-3) opened up a 42-34 lead at halftime. With 12 minutes remaining in the game, the Flames caught fire with a 12-3 run that doubled their lead to 18 points. They lead by...
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November 30, 2016

Dixson, Ottey lead Illinois-Chicago past Chicago State 74-58

CHICAGO (AP) Dikembe Dixson scored 20 points, Marcus Ottey added 15 and Illinois-Chicago defeated its cross-town rival Chicago State 74-58 on Wednesday night. Tai Odiase scored all 11 of his points in the first half as the Flames (4-3) opened a 43-34 lead. In the second half, the home-standing Flames shot 56.6 percent (13 of 23) with four 3-pointers, pushing the lead to 18 with...
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November 30, 2016  |  Discuss

UIC finishes 1-2 at NIU Thanksgiving Classic

All in all, UIC has a lot of positives to take away from the NIU Thanksgiving Classic. Although the Flames went 1-2, they now have two wins against Division I teams, which they didn’t accomplish until February last year, and a win away from home, which they had not done since Howard Moore was the head coach in the 2014-15 season. After falling to Elon in the first game of the...
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November 27, 2016

Armstead has 21, N Illinois turns back Ill-Chicago 92-81

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Aaric Armstead scored 21 points and Northern Illinois made 20 of 24 free throws to defeat Illinois-Chicago 92-81 on Saturday. Eugene German added 17 points, Marin Maric 16 and Jaylen Key 12 for the Huskies (4-3), who never trailed. Northern Illinois didn't hit a 3 in the first half, which ended with the Huskies up 42-38, but back-to-back treys from Laytwan Porter...
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November 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois-Chicago tops Cal Poly in NIU Thanksgiving Classic

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Dikembe Dixson made 11 straight free throws and scored 24 points to help Illinois-Chicago beat Cal Poly 84-71 on Friday night in the NIU Thanksgiving Classic. It was Dixson's third 20-plus game of the season and the 19th of his career. Godwin Boahen made three 3-pointers and scored 14 points for UIC (3-2), which shot over 50 percent (53.1) from the field for...
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November 25, 2016  |  Discuss

UIC downed by Elon in first game of Thanksgiving Classic

UIC is now 0-17 away from home under coach Steve McClain. (Photo: Jesse Kramer / thecatchandshoot.com) UIC could not keep up in a high-scoring affair Wednesday against Elon at the NIU Thanksgiving Classic, falling 91-80. The Flames made a late surge after trailing by 21 points in the second half but ran out of time. While the Flames defense struggled, allowing 1.15 points per possession...
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November 23, 2016
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