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 / 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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1 day ago

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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1 day ago  |  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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5 days ago

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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5 days ago  |  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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6 days ago  |  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 / 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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8 days ago

Elon beats Illinois-Chicago 91-80 behind Swoope, Dawkins

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Dainan Swoope scored a career-high 26 points, Brian Dawkins added a career-best 19 points and made all three of this 3-pointers and Elon beat Illinois-Chicago 91-80 in Wednesday's opener of the NIU Thanksgiving Classic. Tyler Seibring scored 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting and made a layup, putback and 3-pointer amid a 10-2 run that gave Elon a 21-point lead with...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Weekly Awards, Nov. 21

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 1st week of the season (Nov. 11-Nov. 20): Player of the Week Milton Doyle, Loyola The senior guard averaged 14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.2 assists...
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10 days ago

Dixson leads Ill-Chicago to 86-78 win over UT San Antonio

CHICAGO (AP) Dikembe Dixson scored 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the University of Illinois Chicago to an 86-78 win over the University of Texas San Antonio on Wednesday night. Dixson was 10 of 18 from the field and 10 of 15 from the line for the Flames (1-1). Marcus Ottey added 15 points, two assists and two rebounds and Tarkus Ferguson had 13 points and six rebounds...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

UIC comeback falls short at San Francisco

UIC erased a 17-point hole in the second half Friday against San Francisco but failed to come out on top in an 82-80 loss. After sophomore forward Dikembe Dixson dropped in a contested 3-pointer in the final minute to force an 80-80 tie,  UIC had several chances to take the lead in the final minute. Freshman guard Godwin Boahen turned the ball over with 27 seconds remaining...
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20 days ago

UIC holds off Judson in preseason exhibition

UIC broke away in the second half to defeat NAIA opponent Judson 95-78 Saturday afternoon at the UIC Pavilion. Sophomore wing Dikembe Dixson scored a game-high 34 points and freshmen Godwin Boahen, Tarkus Ferguson and K.J. Santos all scored in double-figures. The Flames nursed a 44-39 lead after the first half but eventually strung together a decisive victory thanks to pressure defense...
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26 days ago

Gabe Snider’s reemergence gives UIC new dimension

MILWAUKEE — UIC has one of the best playmakers in the Horizon League in forward Dikembe Dixson, but the Flames offense had been missing a lethal outside shooter during the conference season. The Flames appear to have filled that hole with the reemergence of senior guard Gabe Snider, who drained six 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 20 points Sunday in a 98-85 loss at Milwaukee...
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February 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Rapid Reaction: Milwaukee 98, UIC 85

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee used a 19-7 run late in the second half Sunday to pull away from UIC for a 98-85 victory in the both teams’ regular season finale. The Flames trailed by only four points midway through the second half, but the Panthers offense came alive behind point guard Jordan Johnson to avoid an upset on senior day.   A hot start for J.J. Panoske. Panoske scored Milwaukee’s...
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February 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Julian Torres displays breakout performance in loss to Oakland

Photo: UIC Athletics CHICAGO — Everyone in the Horizon League knows about UIC center Tai Odiase, the nation’s leading shot blocker. But the Flames have another young center who has recently earned some significant minutes. Freshman Julian Torres is averaging seven points and five rebounds in his last two games after dropping 10 points and five boards Sunday in a 74-63 loss...
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February 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois-Chicago rallies to beat Northern Kentucky 79-77

CHICAGO (AP) Dikembe Dixson scored 21 points, Tai Odiase added 12 with a career-high nine blocks, including a game-saving block with one second to play, and Illinois-Chicago rallied to beat Northern Kentucky 79-77 on Saturday. Trailing 37-33 at halftime, the Flames tied it at 56 on Dixson's 3-pointer, then scored 11 unanswered points to lead 71-66 on Michael Kolawole's free throw...
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February 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Rapid Reaction: UIC 79, Northern Kentucky 77

UIC continued its surge Saturday with a 79-77 victory against Northern Kentucky. The Flames, who have now won three of their last four games, erased an eight-point deficit in the second half and held on as UIC center Tai Odiase rejected Drew McDonald’s game-tying attempt on the game’s final possession.   Tai Odiase flirts with a triple-double once again. One game after scoring...
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February 13, 2016  |  Discuss

UIC ends losing streak, beats Cleveland State 72-70 in OT

CHICAGO (AP) Najeal Young's baseline jumper with 1.9 seconds left in overtime lifted Illinois-Chicago a 72-70 victory over Cleveland State on Saturday as the Flames broke a 10-game losing streak with its first Division-I victory this season. UIC's Jake Wiegand made it 70-all with a one-hander off the glass with 1:19 left then missed another with 28 seconds remaining but tied up...
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January 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Paris Burns leaves UIC for personal reasons

Photo: UIC Athletics Senior guard Paris Burns has left the UIC basketball program, per a school release. The release said Burns’ departure is voluntary and as a result of “personal reasons.” Burns, a Chicago native and Proviso East graduate, was averaging 6.9 points and 2.5 assists this season. He started at point guard in 11 of the UIC’s 17 games. Burns had a rough start...
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January 22, 2016  |  Discuss

UIC vs. Northern Illinois preview: How to watch, listen, stream, bet

 UIC wraps up non-conference play Tuesday night against Northern Illinois. The Flames are still looking for their first win against a Division I opponent. What you should know about Northern Illinois (9-2, No. 168 KenPom): Northern Illinois has a pretty record, but the Huskies have no wins against the top 150 in KenPom. Three of their wins are against non-Division I...
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December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

UIC ends losing streak with win against Purdue-Calumet

Gabe Snider led UIC with a career-high 18 points. (Photo: UIC Athletics)   UIC ended a six-game losing streak Tuesday with a 91-74 win against Purdue-Calumet at the UIC Pavilion. The Flames struggled against the NAIA opponent deep into the second half but pulled away in the final seven minutes behind a 3-point barrage from senior guard Gabe Snider. With 6:52 remaining and UIC...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Snider, Illinois-Chicago beat Purdue Calumet 91-74

CHICAGO (AP) Gabe Snider scored all 18 of his points in the final 5:49 - on a career-high six 3-pointers - and Illinois-Chicago beat feisty NAIA-member Purdue Calumet 91-74 Tuesday night to snap its six-game losing streak. Dikembe Dixson added 17 points and nine rebounds for Illinois-Chicago (2-8). Tai Odiase, Lance Whitaker and Dominique Matthews scored 12, 11 and 10 points,...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois-Chicago heats up to whip Roosevelt 96-58

CHICAGO (AP) Tai Odiase scored 23 points, Jake Wiegand added 16 and Illinois-Chicago dominated the second half for a 96-58 win over Roosevelt on Tuesday. The NAIA Lakers had a 37-24 lead on a Damian Zalewski 3-pointer midway through the first half but the Flames steadily pulled away for a 49-37 advantage. The Flames (1-2) shot 50 percent - 18 of 36 despite going 1 of 11 on 3...
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November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

UIC Opens the New Season With a Loss

Steve McClain began his first season as the head coach at Illinois-Chicago on Friday night. (photo courtesy of   CHICAGO- The Illinois-Chicago basketball program began a new era under new head coach Steve McClain on Friday night. Unfortunately things didn’t go as planned as the UIC Flames (0-1) dropped their season opener at home to the University of San Francisco...
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November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Prep guard Dominique Matthews commits to UIC

Photo: Chicago Sun-Times Media Former St. Rita guard Dominique Matthews committed to UIC on Thursday following a visit. The three-star guard spent last year at Victory Rock Prep in Florida, and he is the brother of Kentucky commit and top-100 recruit Charles Matthews. Matthews brings some instant offense to UIC. The 6-foot-2 guard is known for his scoring, and that is something...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

UIC falls to Green Bay in Horizon League semifinals

Via UIC sports information: VALPARAISO, Ind. – The sixth-seeded UIC men’s basketball team (10-24) concluded its season on Saturday night with a 70-56 defeat to No. 2 seed Green Bay (24-7) in the semifinal round of the 2015 Horizon League Tournament, the program’s first appearance since 2008. The Flames owned a 30-29 lead at halftime, but the Phoenix shot nearly 60 percent in...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss
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