New head men's basketball coach instills high energy practices
First semifinal appearance since 2008; Marc Brown surpasses 1,000 career points
Jay Harris with 22 points and career-high eight assists
Marc Brown with game-high 21 points, Ahman Fells posts first career double-double
UIC outscores Penguins, 49-34, in the second half
Photo Gallery of Lance Whitaker
High School/Prior to UIC: Four-year letterwinner at Bartlett High School ... Served as team captain in all four years of high school basketball ... Garnered All-State honors as a senior ... Named All-Upstate Eight Conference in three-of-four seasons ... Named Bartlett's Most Valuable Player in both his sophomore and senior seasons ... Sat out junior season with torn ACL ... Made quick recovery, and played with the Illinois Wolves on the AAU circuit in summer 2012 ... Lists "biggest athletic thrill" as playing in the supersectionals during his freshman year of high school ... Scored a 30 on his ACT.
Personal: Born Dec. 23, 1994 in Bartlett, Ill. ... Son of Larry and Lena Whitaker ... Currently enrolled as a Management major.