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.
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Throughout last season, the offense appeared in spurts but...
UIC is coming off a very poor season that saw only six wins total. The Flames have a better group this season, although whether the group is slightly better or significantly better will depend on the impact of Howard Moore‘s six newcomers.
Senior guard Marc Brown is UIC’s leading returning scorer (11.3 ppg) Photo: UIC Athletics
The new-look Flames open the city on the road, but...
Every four years, college basketball programs receive the opportunity to take their team on a foreign tour. UIC had never taken advantage of that opportunity until this summer, when the Flames took a seven-day trip to Canada.
They played five games against Canadian competition. After losing the first two, UIC rebounded with three straight wins to finish the trip and end it with a...
UIC’s nightmare season came to a close Tuesday in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament. The Flames fell at Valparaiso (18-14, 9-7 Horizon) for the third time this season, 73-63.
UIC (6-25, 1-15) fell behind 15 points late in the first half, largely because of Valparaiso freshman Alec Peters’ offense. The rookie posted 14 points in the first stanza and finished with...
Travis Bader scored 28 points and Duke Mondy added 17 with eight assists and seven rebounds to pace Oakland past Illinois-Chicago 86-71 on Friday night.
Bader went 4-of-6 on 3-pointers and 12-of-13 on free throws. Those four 3-pointers give him an NCAA-leading 130 on the season and pushed his NCAA all-time record to 487. He also moved into sole possession of the NCAA record for...
Travis Bader scored 28 points and Duke Mondy added 17 with eight assists and seven boards to pace Oakland past Illinois-Chicago 86-71 on Friday night.
Bader went 4 of 6 from the perimeter and 12 of 13 from the foul line. Those four 3-pointers give him an NCAA-leading 130 on the season and pushed his NCAA all-time record to 487. He also moved into sole possession of the NCAA record...
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February 21, 2014
Keifer Sykes scored 18 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds as Green Bay defeated Illinois-Chicago 81-70 Wednesday night in a matchup of the Horizon League's first- and last-place teams.
Sykes scored 15 points in the second half as Green Bay struggled to pull away from the Flames after leading by three at halftime. The Flames were down eight with 2:28 left but the Phoenix...
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February 05, 2014
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UIC (5-17, 0-8 Horizon) fell short for the 11th straight time Wednesday at Detroit (10-13, 3-5), 74-68.
The Flames held a 52-50 lead with 11:49 remaining and were tied with 5:46 to play.
The Titans used a 6-2 spurt to take a two-possession lead, which they did not relinquish.
Junior forward Juwan Howard Jr. led Detroit with 25 points on 10-of...
Juwan Howard, Jr., scored 25 points and Detroit beat Illinois-Chicago 74-68 on Wednesday night.
Trailing 54-52, Howard scored eight points during a 9-1 run by Detroit (10-13, 3-5 Horizon League), which took a 61-54 lead with 8:20 to play. The Flames immediately answered with a 9-3 spurt of its own, pulling within one with 4:11 left. Marc Brown scored UIC's final seven points...
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January 29, 2014
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UIC’s second-half struggles continued Thursday night in a 67-63 loss to Milwaukee (13-6, 3-2 Horizon).
The Flames (5-13, 0-4) held a 36-23 at halftime, but the Panthers outscored them 44-27 in the second period. Opponents have outscored the Flames in six straight second halves, and in four games they held leads at halftime. In a fifth, they only trailed Youngstown...
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UIC’s conference play struggles continued Sunday night with a 58-53 loss at Wright State (11-8, 3-1 Horizon).
The Flames (5-12, 0-3), who have not beaten a Division I team since Southeast Missouri State on Dec. 14, held a 53-49 lead after senior Kelsey Barlow‘s free throws with 4:43 remaining, but they were held scoreless the rest of the way.
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Second-half struggles plagued UIC (5-11, 0-2 Horizon) once again Tuesday night as the Flames lost at the UIC Pavilion to Youngstown State (10-8, 1-2 Horizon), 75-62. The Flames are now the only winless team remaining in conference play, sitting alone in last place.
UIC and Youngstown State traded baskets, primarily inside, for the first 15...
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Early in the season, the road was UIC’s friend. But recently it has not been so kind.
The Flames’ loss at Valparaiso (9-7, 1-0 Horizon) on Thursday night not only sent them to an 0-1 start in conference play, but also it wrapped up their four-game road trip with an 0-4 record.
In a similar story to UIC’s prior loss to Illinois, the Flames were clicking and...
Jon Octeus had 18 points and Daniel Bejarano added 10 points with 15 rebounds and five assists as Colorado State defeated Illinois-Chicago 74-61 Tuesday night.
J.J. Avila also had 10 points for Colorado State (8-4).
UIC (5-8) led early but Avila made a layup at 11:22 for a 9-8 lead and the Rams never trailed after that, opening a 30-23 lead at the half. UIC closed to 51-45 following...
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December 24, 2013
Howard Moore’s Flames beat Colorado State in Chicago last season, but they were overmatched on the road Monday. (Photo: Wisconsin Athletics)
Colorado State (8-4) had lost two home games in a row, but the Rams were not about to drop a third. The Rams started slowly against the UIC Flames (5-8), but they opened up a seven-point halftime lead and then imposed their athleticism and...
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UIC (5-6) strung together back-to-back wins for the first time this season by beating Purdue Calumet on Tuesday, 88-61.
Playing against a NAIA opponent, the Flames had this one in hand very early. By the 13:39 mark in the first half, they led 16-8, and the lead grew to as many as 25 in the first half after Marc Brown’s dunk with 3:56 remaining.
In the second...
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Following one of its best performances of the 2013-14 season, UIC (4-6) returns to its home court to host Purdue Calumet, its second NAIA opponent of the season.
Purdue Calumet, though playing a lower level of competition, enters at 9-2. The Peregrines have played one other Division I team, IPFW on Nov. 20, and they lost, 106-72.
UIC, which is looking for back...
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UIC (4-6) continued its hot/cold pattern on Saturday night with a 75-69 defeat of Southeast Missouri (7-3).
The Flames started the 2013-14 season slowly with a 1-3 record and then won two out of three games to finish third at the Gulf Coast Showcase. Upon their return to Chicago, they dropped games to Southern Methodist and Loyola Chicago.
Saturday, the Flames...
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Coming off a pair of close losses, UIC (3-6) has another tough matchup at Southeast Missouri State (7-2) tonight.
Last week, the Flames’ comeback fell short at home against Southern Methodist, and then they were overwhelmed by Loyola Chicago in the second half of a 73-70 defeat.
Southeast Missouri State, meanwhile, has been red hot with wins in its last five...
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In its first true road game of the season, UIC (3-6) succumbed to Loyola Chicago (4-5) in a barnburner, 73-70. Although they built an eight-point lead in the first half, the Flames played almost the entire second half from behind, and their late comeback attempt fell short.
Trailing by five points in the final 20 seconds, UIC senior Kelsey Barlow’s three...
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UIC (3-5) dropped its third straight home game of the season Wednesday night against Southern Methodist (8-2), 73-65. The Flames, who trailed the whole way except for a couple of ties early in the second half, rode senior guard Kelsey Barlow’s 31 points the whole way. But Barlow’s one-man show was not enough to carry the Flames down the stretch...
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UIC (2-4) was defeated by Louisiana Tech (4-1) on Tuesday, 103-78, in the Gulf Coast Showcase semifinals, sending the Flames to the third-place game and the Bulldogs to the championship. The Flames will face the loser of Wagner vs. St. Bonaventure while the Bulldogs get the winner.
UIC looked sharp in its tournament opener on Monday with a win against San Diego...
Kelsey Barlow scored a career-high 17 points as Illinois-Chicago ended San Diego's five-game winning streak in a 74-70 battle in the opening round of the Gulf Coast Showcase on Monday.
It was a see-saw affair, with 12 lead changes and neither team was up by more than seven points.
UIC moves on to face Louisiana Tech on Tuesday.
Barlow was just 3-of-13 shooting, making just...
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November 25, 2013
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A 1-3 record was not what UIC hoped for in its season-opening homestand.
With six freshmen and two transfers, the new-look Flames opened with a heartbreaking, two-point loss to Drake. Following a win over NAIA Roosevelt, they were blown out by Eastern Illinois and Northwestern.
On Sunday, the Flames finally hit the road as they travel to Estero...
In its second game against Division I competition this season, UIC (1-2) was overwhelmed by Eastern Illinois (2-1) in the second half, falling 86-66. The Flames trailed by 17 points in the first half but worked back within two possessions early in the second. The Panthers had the necessary response, though, as they finished the game on a 19-7 run in the final 5:04.
“We knew it...