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UIC scores 14 straight to get past Youngstown 77-71

CHICAGO (AP) Jay Harris scored 25 and Illinois-Chicago rallied with 14 straight points past Youngstown State 77-71 in the Horizon League opener for both teams on Friday. UIC (5-11) trailed 63-57 with 5:18 left and surged to a 71-63 lead with 58 seconds left. Harris had six of his points during the run and 17 in the second half. Youngstown State (9-7) had a 29-11 lead with 9:04 left...
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January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois-Chicago balance sinks Judson (Ill) 79-38

CHICAGO (AP) Ahman Fells and Paris Burns scored 12 points apiece as Illinois-Chicago overwhelmed Judson 79-38 on Tuesday night. The Flames (4-11) had all 11 players score with Jason McClellan coming off the bench to add 10. The Eagles (2-14), an NAIA school, shot just 29 percent, including 20 in the first half when they went 4-20 and trailed 45-14. UIC only had two turnovers and...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

UIC losing streak continues at Bradley

UIC ended its three-game road trip Sunday with its fourth straight loss. The Flames fell at Bradley 68-60. UIC remained close throughout, never trailing by more than 12 points. For most of the game, the Flames were within single digits of the Braves. But missed opportunities, particularly at the foul line late in the game, prevented UIC from completing a late comeback. “Missing...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

After second half comeback, UIC falls in overtime to Tennessee-Martin

UIC erased a 17-point deficit Monday in the second half to tie Tennessee-Martin 65-65 in the final minute, and the Flames nearly achieved a miracle win on the final play of regulation. After freshman forward Tai Odiase blocked a shot to start a break, junior guard Paris Burns jacked up a long, leaning 3-pointer just before the buzzer sounded. The shot went in and out. Then rolled...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

UIC snaps skid with 71-60 win against UCF

Photo: Timothy Nguyen Behind a career night for senior guard Jay Harris, UIC (3-7) ended its three-game losing streak Thursday with a 71-60 win against UCF (5-3). The Flames had lost six straight games against Division I opponents. Harris got the Flames off to a hot start, scoring 12 of his career-high 32 points in the first eight minutes as UIC built an 18-9 lead. Later in the...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois-Chicago rallies to beat UCF 71-60

CHICAGO (AP) Jay Harris scored a career-high 32 points to lead the University of Illinois-Chicago to a 71-60 comeback win over the University of Central Florida on Thursday night. The Flames led 12-3 on a 3-pointer by Harris, but UCF rallied and pulled ahead 27-25 on a free throw by Brandon Goodwin and led 30-27 at halftime. UIC opened the second half with an 11-3 run to retake...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Missed opportunities, lack of “passion” doom UIC in loss to Loyola

UIC coach Howard Moore was furious after his team’s effort in a loss Tuesday to Grand Canyon. He thought the Flames played with a bit more intensity Saturday in a 77-67 loss to city-rival Loyola, but they still left a lot to be desired. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh “Not enough, still not enough,” Moore said. “It’s not even about Xs and Os. It’s about not having the passion...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Milton Doyle, Christian Thomas lead Loyola past UIC in rivalry game

In the always-heated rivalry matchup, Loyola (5-2) defeated UIC (2-7) 77-67 at UIC Pavilion Saturday. The Ramblers led almost the entire game and held off a few pushes by the Flames in the second half to hang on for the win. UIC scored the first five points of the game on a 3-pointer from senior guard Jay Harris and a jumper from senior forward Ahman Fells. But UIC’s offense...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Rapid Reaction: Loyola 77, UIC 67

Loyola (5-2) defeated UIC (2-7) Saturday at the UIC Pavilion in the annual crosstown matchup, 77-67. Here is The Catch and Shoot’s rapid reaction to the rivalry game: —Howard Moore switched up his starting lineup. Guard Gabe Snider, forward Ahman Fells and forward Jason McClellan joined usual starters forward Jake Wiegand and guard Jay Harris. The change didn’t create...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Moore upset with lack of heart in UIC loss to Grand Canyon

UIC coach Howard Moore is passionate about basketball and his team to begin with, but his fervor after the Flames lost at home Tuesday to Grand Canyon (3-4) made his normal self seem dull. Following a disappointing 2013-14 campaign, the Flames are off to a another rough start this year at 2-6. But the record is not what lit Moore’s fuse Tuesday. What angered him was the uninspired...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Rapid Reaction: Grand Canyon 66, UIC 61

UIC lost at home Tuesday for the first time this season, falling 66-61 to Grand Canyon. Here is The Catch and Shoot’s rapid reaction to the Flames’ defeat: Photo: Dayton Athletics —Jay Harris is the only Flame consistently creates for himself and others. Harris did not have his best game Tuesday, shooting 5-for-15 from the field. Still, he recorded 17 points and seven...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

UIC point guard Jay Parker out with ankle injury

Photo: Alex Rauch | UIC News UIC senior guard Jay Parker injured his foot over the weekend and missed Tuesday night’s win against St. Xavier. There is a chance Parker could be out for a prolonged period of time. The injury could require surgery, Parker said before Tuesday’s game. The Flames do not yet have a timetable for Parker’s return. “We’re still getting some...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

UIC blows past St. Xavier to end three-game losing streak

UIC had a rough weekend at the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic. But with a home game against NAIA opponent St. Xavier on Tuesday, the Flames easily ended a three-game losing with a 87-76 win. The Flames did not get more than a few points of separation for much of the first half, but back-to-back 3-pointers from junior guards Gabe Snider and D’Juan Miller in the final minute...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Illinois-Chicago tops St. Xavier 87-76

CHICAGO (AP) Jake Wiegand scored 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor and grabbed 12 rebounds Tuesday night to lead the University of Illinois-Chicago over St. Xavier 87-76 in a Men Against Breast Cancer Classic game. Jay Harris added 16 points, and Tai Odiase had 11 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for the Flames (2-4). Larry Motuzis led St. Xavier, a NAIA member, with...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Rapid Reaction: UIC 87, St. Xavier 76

UIC ended a three-game losing streak with a 87-76 win Tuesday against St. Xavier. It’s tough to learn too much from this win since St. Xavier is an NAIA opponent, but here is The Catch and Shoot’s reaction to the Flames’ victory: —Having Jay Harris and Lance Whitaker active gives UIC two new weapons. Harris, a senior, and Whitaker, a redshirt freshman, were suspended for...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

UIC drops all three games at Men Against Breast Cancer

Newcomer Paris Burns is averaging 9.4 points through five games. (Photo: Southern Illinois Athletics) UIC traveled to Kent, Ohio for the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic, and the trip did not end well. The Flames fell to Yale 70-58, then host Kent State 78-60 and finally Southern Illinois 67-60 Sunday. The Flames struggled in the first half of each game, much like they did in...
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November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Southern Illinois handles Illinois-Chicago 67-60

KENT, Ohio (AP) Anthony Beane scored 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds as Southern Illinois defeated Illinois-Chicago 67-60 in the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic on Sunday. The Salukis shot 50 percent from the field and had a 35-28 edge in rebounding. Sean O'Brien and Deion Lavender each finished with 12 points and Jordan Caroline had five with 11 boards...
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November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago holds off W. Illinois' late surge, 67-64

CHICAGO (AP) D'Juan Miller converted a pair of free throws with :13 left to preserve Illinois-Chicago's 67-64 win over Western Michigan Monday night. Down by nine with under three minutes to play, the Leathernecks (0-2) reeled off a 10-2 run to make it a one-point game with :20 left, 65-64. Jamie Batish missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer to tie. Jake Wiegand scored 28 points...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Flames frontcourt shines as UIC holds off Western Illinois

There were plenty of rocky spots in UIC’s home-opener win against Western Illinois on Monday night. But one piece of the team that looked in midseason form was the Flames’ starting front line of junior Jake Wiegand and freshman Tai Odiase. Photo: UIC Athletics Wiegand carried the team down the stretch of the second half and finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Two games...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

UIC edges Western Illinois in home opener

UIC (1-1) faced a familiar situation on the final possession of its home opener Monday night. The Flames, who lost at DePaul Friday on a late 3-pointer, once again needed a defensive stop. This time, the Flames held a three-point lead instead of a two-point advantage against Western Illinois (0-2). Leathernecks coach Billy Wright drew up a play for sharpshooter Jamie Batish, who...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Rapid Reaction: UIC 67, WIU 64

Photo: UIC Athletics UIC improved to 1-1 Monday, defeating Western Illinois 67-64 in its home opener. Here are some initial notes on the game: UIC is going to be more fun to watch this season. With Kelsey Barlow gone, the Flames are no longer looking to run their offense through a single player most times down the floor. And that’s a good thing. The Flames are sharing the ball...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

UIC announces early signing period class

From UIC press release: UIC head men’s basketball coach Howard Moore announced the addition of three players to the Flames’ 2015-16 roster on Thursday, Nov. 13. The trio of newcomers includes junior college transfer Burak Eslik (G, 6-4, 185, Istanbul, Turkey/Lewis and Clark CC) and soon-to-be freshmen Drew Hackett (G, 6-2, 170, Munster, Ind./Munster HS) and Garrett Bye (F/C,...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

UIC’s Jay Harris and Lance Whitaker suspended for first three games of the season

Photo: UIC Athletics UIC guards Jay Harris and Lance Whitaker will miss the team’s first three games this season due to a violation of team rules, the school announced Thursday. “Being a member of the UIC men’s basketball program is a privilege and with that comes a certain level of expectations and responsibility,” coach Howard Moore said in a release. Harris and Whitaker...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Moore hopes recommitment to defense will turn UIC basketball around

Last season was a disaster that UIC coach Howard Moore would like to forget. The Flames won just six games all season, finishing 1-15 in the Horizon League. And that was just one year after Moore had led the team from eight wins to 18 victories and a postseason appearance in the CIT. Photo: Colorado State Athletics Throughout last season, the offense appeared in spurts but...
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October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

UIC newcomer D’Juan Miller frontrunner to land starting point guard spot

With last year’s starting point guard Kelsey Barlow graduated, UIC is looking for his replacement. Barlow leaves a big hole after leading the Flames in scoring and assists last year with 14.8 points and 3.9 dimes per game. That starting point guard role is coming down to three players: junior college transfers D’Juan Miller and Paris Burns and Barlow’s former backup, Jay...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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