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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

UIC upsets Oakland, advances to Horizon League semifinals

Via UIC sports information: VALPARAISO, Ind. – The sixth-seeded UIC men’s basketball team (10-23) knocked off No. 3 seed Oakland (16-16) in the second round of the 2015 Horizon League Tournament on Friday night by a final score of 72-69, sending the Flames to their first semifinal game since the 2007-08 season. UIC faced a 15-point deficit late in the first half before executing...
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March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois-Chicago holds on to beat Oakland 72-69

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Lance Whitaker drilled a 3-pointer, Ahman Fells followed with a layup down the stretch and Illinois-Chicago held on to upset Oakland 72-69 in the second round of the Horizon League tournament on Friday night. Jay Harris, who finished with 20 points, made four straight free throws in the final 16 seconds to seal the win. No. 6 seed UIC (10-23) advanced on Tuesday...
Via AP on Fox
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

19-point comeback sends UIC to second round of Horizon League Tournament

When it mattered most, UIC finally completed a comeback. The Flames had trailed by 19 points at halftime Tuesday against the Wright State Raiders (11-20, 3-13 Horizon), but that seemed like a long time ago when Jay Harris‘ 3-pointer dropped in to give them a 58-57 lead with 1:13 left. A few stops later, the Flames (9-23, 4-12) were celebrating on the floor with an improbable 60...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Harris hits winner as Ill-Chicago beats Wright St. 60-57

CHICAGO (AP) Jay Harris, who scored 23 points, drained a 3-pointer with 1:13 to play, bringing sixth-seeded Illinois-Chicago all the way back from a 19-point halftime deficit to defeat No. 7 seed Wright State 60-57 on Tuesday night. The comeback propels Illinois-Chicago (9-23) into the second round of the Horizon League tournament against No. 3 seed Oakland on Friday. Harris' trey...
Via AP on Fox
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

UIC earns conference tournament home game with 61-46 win against Wright State

During a second straight rocky season, UIC found some light at the end of the tunnel. The Flames defeated the Wright State Raiders on Saturday with ease for their third win of the month while also securing the No. 6 seed and a home game in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament. The last time UIC had three wins in a calendar month was January 2013, when the team posted...
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February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois-Chicago scores 24 at line to beat Wright St. 61-46

CHICAGO (AP) Marc Brown scored 18 points as Illinois-Chicago, despite poor shooting, scored 24 points at the foul line and defeated Wright State 61-46 on Saturday. UIC (8-23, 4-12 Horizon League) hit just 17 of 49 shots, and were just 3 of 12 from 3-point range, but sank 24 of 27 foul shots off 22 Wright State fouls. Wright State (11-19, 3-13) made more field goals (20 of 53), but...
Via AP on Fox
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

UIC guard Jay Harris surpasses 1,000 career points with 27-point performance

CHICAGO — UIC senior guard Jay Harris reached a major milestone in his career Thursday, surpassing 1,000 points for his career. Harris scored 27 points on 9-of-21 shooting, although the Flames lost 71-60 to the Milwaukee Panthers. His 1,000th point came on a jumper from the top of the key with 6:26 to play in the first half. Despite the achievement, Harris was dejected after...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

UIC fails to capitalize in home loss to Milwaukee

CHICAGO — UIC (7-21, 3-10 Horizon) had an opportunity to gain serious ground in the Horizon League standings Thursday. The Flames are competing for a coveted first round home game in next month’s conference tournament. However, UIC fell to Milwaukee (11-16, 6-7) at home 71-60 in a game where the Flames were favored. “After everything that happened yesterday in the league, we...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

McWhorter, Milwaukee beat Illinois-Chicago 71-60

CHICAGO (AP) Steve McWhorter scored 21 points and Akeem Springs added 17 on 7-of-10 shooting to help Milwaukee beat Illinois-Chicago 71-60 on Thursday night. J.J. Panoske scored 14 and Matt Tiby had 11 points and nine rebounds for Milwaukee (11-16, 6-7 Horizon League). Back-to-back 3-pointers by Jay Harris gave Illinois-Chicago (7-21, 3-10) a 26-24 lead with three minutes left in...
Via AP on Fox
February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois-Chicago beats Wright State 79-75

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Jay Harris scored 25 points and hit four 3-pointers and Illinois-Chicago held off a second-half surge by Wright State to win 79-75 Thursday night to tie the Raiders for seventh place in the Horizon League. Paris Burns scored 21 points, including four 3-pointers, Ahman Fells added 17, and the Flames (7-19, 3-8) hit 11 of 17 from long distance and made 20 of 26 free...
Via AP on Fox
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit rallies late, stuns Illinois-Chicago 69-68

CHICAGO (AP) Jarod Williams hit a pair of free throws with 2 seconds left after Detroit forced two turnovers, completing a late rally for a 69-68 win over Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday night. The Titans (9-9, 3-1 Horizon) erased a 13-point, second-half deficit, chipping away to tie the game at 63 after a layup by Chris Jenkins. Jay Harris answered with a 3-pointer for the Flames...
Via AP on Fox
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Valparaiso cruises over UIC, moves to 2-1

Although the temperatures reached the negatives in Valparaiso on Thursday night, the Crusaders made the ARC the hottest spot on campus and cruised to a 85-56 victory over the UIC flames. The Crusaders dominated in every aspect of the game on a frigid Thursday night against the UIC Flames as they earned their second Horizon League win in a row. Valpo entered the game without guard Keith...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleveland State out-shoots UIC for 74-69 win

CHICAGO (AP) -- Anton Grady scored 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Cleveland State to a 74-69 win over Illinois-Chicago on Sunday. Charlie Lee also had 18 points and fueled the breakaway run in the second half for Cleveland State (8-8, 2-0 Horizon League), which shot 59 percent from the floor and 6 of 12 from 3-point range. Marlin Mason added 12 points...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleveland State out-shoots UIC for 74-69 win

CHICAGO (AP) Anton Grady scored 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Cleveland State to a 74-69 win over Illinois-Chicago on Sunday. Charlie Lee also had 18 points and fueled the breakaway run in the second half for Cleveland State (8-8, 2-0 Horizon League), which shot 59 percent from the floor and 6 of 12 from 3-point range. Marlin Mason added 12 points...
Via AP on Fox
January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

UIC comes from behind to defeat Youngstown State in Horizon League opener

When you go 4-11 in non-conference play, the start of conference competition can be like a whole new season. UIC began this new season Friday in a big hole against Youngstown State. The Flames trailed 29-11 after 11 minutes and by as many as 11 points in the second half. But UIC (5-11, 1-0 Horizon) used a 19-2 run, including a streak of 14 unanswered points, to take a 71-63 lead...
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January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
Via AP on Fox
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...
Via AP on Fox
December 30, 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

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
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