Top 10 Moments of 2015, No. 4: UIC advances to Horizon League semifinals

Although no local teams made the NCAA Tournament, 2015 was the best year in a long time for Chicago college basketball. The Catch and Shoot has chosen its top 10 moments of the year and will be rolling out one per day until New Year’s Eve, when the No. 1 moment will be revealed.   4. UIC advances to Horizon League semifinals UIC’s Horizon League Tournament run included a...
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December 28, 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 receives letters of intent from Texas duo

New UIC coach Steve McClain received his first official commitments Wednesday as high school seniors Hassan Thomas and Michael Kolawole signed their National Letters of Intent. Guard Michael Kolawole signed with UIC on Wednesday. (Photo: Rowlett Lakeshore Times) Thomas is considered one of the better power forwards in Thomas, coming out of Dallas. He attends Woodrow Wilson...
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April 16, 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

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...
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March 06, 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...
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February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois-Chicago holds off Detroit 83-73

DETROIT (AP) Marc Brown scored 22 points on 9-for-10 shooting, sinking all three of his shots from beyond the arc, to lead Illinois-Chicago past Detroit for an 83-73 win Sunday. Jay Harris contributed 19 points, Paris Burns added 18 with five assists, and Markese McGuire had 14 points as UIC (6-19, 2-8 Horizon) shot 58.7 percent on 46 attempts from the floor, including 12 of 22...
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February 08, 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...
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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...
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January 04, 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

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

Yale 70, UIC 58

Photo: Yale Athletics UIC (1-2) lost its first game of the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic to Yale (2-1) Friday, 70-58. The Flames fell behind by 14 points at halftime and could not get closer than 10 points in the second period. Yale torched UIC from deep, shooting 9-of-20 on 3-pointers. Senior guard Javier Duren stuffed the box score with 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists...
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November 21, 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

DePaul edges Illinois-Chicago 72-71

CHICAGO (AP) Tommy Hamilton IV scored 17 points to lead DePaul to a 72-71 win over Illinois-Chicago in the season opener for both teams Friday night. Leading 46-30 at the break, DePaul had to hold off a surging UIC team in the second half to secure the win. Hamilton, who was 7 of 11 from the field, got help from Billy Garrett Jr., who had 12 points, and Myke Henry and Forrest Robinson...
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November 15, 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

Breaking down UIC’s 2014-15 schedule

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...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

UIC finishes with 3-2 record on Canada summer trip

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...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

UIC Season Ends With Tournament Loss at Valparaiso

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...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Bader, Mondy pace Oakland past Illinois-Chicago

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  |  Discuss

Green Bay defeats Illinois-Chicago 81-70

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  |  Discuss

Detroit 74, UIC 68

Photo: Mike DiNovo | USA Today Sports 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...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit tops Illinois-Chicago 74-68

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 during...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

UIC Falls Short Against Milwaukee

Photo: AP | Paul Beaty 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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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

UIC Loses 6th Straight Game At Wright State

Photo: Wright State Athletics 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. UIC...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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