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Feb. 9, 2011

COMEBACK COMES UP SHORT AT WSU

Posted Friday, February 4 at 4:24 p.m.

Robo Kreps scored a team-high 20 points and Paul Carter recorded his tenth double-double of the season, but Wright State raced out to a 14-point halftime lead, and held off a convincing second-half rally by the Flames, defeating the UIC men's basketball team, 69-63 at the Nutter Center Saturday night.


GAME DAY: UIC AT WRIGHT STATE


Posted Saturday, February 5 at 12:09 p.m.

The UIC men's basketball team will take on Wright State at the Nutter Center Saturday at 7 p.m., looking to avenge the Raiders' eight-point win at the UIC Pavilion last month.

In the first game between the Flames and Raiders this season (Jan. 6 at the UIC Pavilion), Wright State jumped out to a 9-0 lead, and controlled the majority of the first half.  But UIC took a four-point lead in the second half, and held a decisive 35-25 advantage on the boards.

The Raiders, currently sitting in sole possession of third-place in the Horizon League, lead the conference in scoring defense (60.8 ppg), free throw percentage (.748), three-point field goal defense (.261) and turnover margin (+3.3).

OTHER KEY NOTABLES FROM THE WRIGHT STATE GAME (Jan. 6): After falling behind by 12 points in the first half, UIC stormed back, and tied the game at 33-33 with 2:55 left in the opening stanza ... UIC opened a a game-high 44-40 lead with 16:06 remaining in the game ... Senior Paul Carter (13) scored a team-high 13 points ... He also recorded his second-straight double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) ... For the third-straight game, senior guard Dipanjot Singh eclipsed his career-high in scoring, chipping in 13 points on five field goals ... The Raiders out-scored the Flames 37-35 in the first half, and 34-28 in the second frame ... UIC out-rebounded Wright State 35-25 ... Senior center K.C. Robbins pulled down a season-high seven rebounds ... Senior forward Brad Birton scored 11 points, recording his third double-digit scoring output during Horizon League play ... Wright State's four senior starters (Vaughn Duggins, N'Gai Evans, Troy Tabler and Cooper Land) all scored in double figures, led by Duggins' game-high 22 points, including 17 in the second half ... The Flames out-scored the Raiders in the paint (30-22), on second-chance points (15-7) and through its bench (19-8) ... Senior guard Robo Kreps was held to single digits in the scoring column for the first time since Dec. 2 against Valparaiso, a span of seven games.


FLAMES FALL SHORT AT DETROIT

Posted Friday, February 4 at 4:24 p.m.

Senior guard Robo Kreps scored a game-high 25 points to move into a tie for ninth-place on the all-time scoring list, but host Detroit shot 54.8 percent from the field in the second half, defeating the UIC men's basketball team 77-63 at Calihan Hall Thursday night.


FLAME THROWERS: YOUR UIC-DETROIT HOME

Posted Thursday, February 3 at 12:17 p.m.

We're just over six hours away from tip-off between UIC and Detroit from Calihan Hall in the Motor City.  The Flames got a light workout in this morning in preparation for the final regular season meeting between these two squads.  

KEY STAT: The Flames and Titans are two-of the top-two rebounding teams in the Horizon League during conference play -- that stat will undoubtedly go a long way in deciding tonight's game.  UIC has compiled a league-best plus-6.1 rebounding margin, while Detroit is second, out-rebounding its foes by 4.5 caroms per game.  UIC also leads the league in offensive rebounds (13.7 rpg).

Detroit junior forward Eli Holman leads the league with 10.1 rebounds per game, while UIC senior Paul Carter is second, averaging 8.6 caroms per outing.  The Flames out-rebounded the Titans 39-34 on Jan. 8, but the Titans corralled 15 offensive rebounds, including one by Ray McCallum with just 2.5 seconds remaining, to seal the road victory for Detroit at the UIC Pavilion.

OTHER KEY NOTABLES:

UIC's senior class was key in the first meeting against Detroit (Paul Carter, Robo Kreps and K.C. Robbins combined to score 51 points and corral 25 rebounds), and that trend continued last Saturday against Youngstown State -- Carter, Brad Birton, Kreps, Dipanjot Singh and Robbins carried the load by scoring 59 points and pulling down 37 rebounds.

UIC has combined to compile 29 assists in the past two games, the most helpers in a two-contest stretch since dishing out a combined 32 assists in back-to-back games against Toledo (11/28/10) and Valparaiso (12/2/10).

Since being inserted into the starting lineup, point guard Corey Gray has averaged 6.5 points and 3.0 assists per game while committing just two turnovers.

Robo Kreps needs 25 points to move into a tie for ninth-place on UIC's all-time scoring list (1,458 points).  Kreps has averaged 17.1 points per game in seven career contests against Detroit, including a career-high 31-point outburst at the UIC Pavilion last season (12/31/09).     


THE Howard Moore PODCAST: EPISODE #11


Posted Wednesday, February 2 at 1:01 p.m.

In the latest installment of the RCN Cable Howard Moore Podcast, Adam Levinson and the first-year head coach recap the Flames' first Horizon League win, and look ahead to a challenging three-game road trip.


FLAMES RECORD FIRST HORIZON LEAGUE WIN

Posted Wednesday, February 2 at 1:01 p.m.

Senior forwards Brad Birton and Paul Carter each tallied double-doubles and the Flames recorded a dominating 53-26 advantage on the boards, leading to an 83-61 win for the UIC men's basketball team over visiting Youngstown State at the UIC Pavilion Saturday afternoon. The victory marked the first Horizon League win for the Flames and the first for head coach Howard Moore


THE CARTER'S FEATURED BY NCAA ON-CAMPUS


Posted Wednesday, January 26 at 5:41 p.m.

The heartwarming story of Paul Carter's sister, Bria, was recently documented by "NCAA on Campus." Bria was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, last winter. 

 
FEBRUARY FOUR-PACK AVAILABLE


Posted Friday, January 21 at 1:48 p.m.

The UIC athletic department is offering an innovative men's basketball ticket special for the second month of 2011, tabbed the "February Four Pack." The package includes one premium lower-level ticket to all four February home basketball games, along with free parking, for just $50.

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