Game #26: Windy City Rivalry Renewed on North Side Saturday

Senior guard Daniel Barnes
Senior guard Daniel Barnes

Feb. 15, 2013

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Game #26: Windy City Rivalry Renewed on North Side Saturday
UIC Flames (15-10/6-6 HL) at Loyola Ramblers (13-12, 3-9 HL)

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 • Gentile Arena • 1:00 p.m. CST
Radio: ESPN Chicago/ (Dave Juday/Kenny Williams/Jonathan Hood)
TV/HLN: Horizon League Network Game of the Week (Local Affiliate: Comcast SportsNet Chicago)
TV Talent: Jim Barbar (Play-by-Play)/Bernie Fuhs (Color Commentary)
UIC Head Coach: Howard Moore • Record at UIC/Overall as Head Coach: 30-56 (3rd season)
Loyola Head Coach: Porter Moser • Record at LUC/Overall: 20-35 (2nd season)/125-136 (9th season)
In-Game Twitter Updates: @UICFlamesSID/@uicflamesdotcom • Hashtags: #uicbasketball, #HLMBB

The Last Meeting
January 16, 2013
UIC Pavilion
Talton's Runner Lifts UIC Past Rival Loyola, 61-59
Senior point guard Gary Talton sank a running bank shot with just 1.7 seconds remaining, lifting the UIC men's basketball team to a thrilling 61-59 win over crosstown rival Loyola in a Horizon League battle at the UIC Pavilion Wednesday night. The victory pushed UIC's record to 7-1 at home this season.


#4 Gary Talton • PG
The Flames' leading scorer and third-leading rebounder. In Horizon League games, is averaging a League seventh-best 14.8 ppg. Has scored in double figures 21 times this season, and 42 times during his two-year career. Enters Saturday's game with 684 career points and 198 career assists. Member of the 2012 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team.

#1 Daniel Barnes • SG
The Flames' second-leading scorer. Has drilled a Horizon League third-best 54 three-point field goals, an average of 2.3 threes per game. Ranks eighth on UIC's all-time three-point field goals list (122). Scored 20 points on four three-pointers last Sunday at Youngstown State. Averaged a team second-best 10.4 points per game last season.

#20 Anthony Kelley • SF
Has started the past eight games after seeing action in just four-of the first 17 contests of the season. Tallied first-career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds against Milwaukee (1/23/13). First start of the season came against Loyola at the Pavilion (1/16/13). UIC's lone four-year senior.

#13 Hayden Humes • PF
Enters Saturday's game as Flames' fourth-leading scorer. Shooting 45.2 percent from the floor and 40.0 percent from three. Has led the Flames in scoring six times, and been the leading rebounder on nine occasions. Cleared 500 points (505) for his UIC career last Sunday at Youngstown State. UIC's career active leader in both rebounds and blocks.

#34 Josh Crittle • C
In Horizon League play, is the Flames' second-leading scorer (11.4 ppg) and leading rebounder (6.0 rpg). Averaging 2.2 assists per game, second-most on the team. Shooting 44.7 percent from the floor in conference play. Scored 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds against Loyola on Jan. 16. Transferred to UIC from UCF in September.

Series Information: UIC leads, 31-18
UIC leads the all-time series against Loyola, 31-18, but the Ramblers have won five-of the last seven games in the rivalry. Loyola won the first three meetings (1985-88) between the two programs before UIC took control, winning 12-of the next 14 contests. There have been a total of six overtime games in the series, and 16 contests have been decided by five points or less.

Setting the Scene
The UIC men's basketball team (15-10, 6-6 Horizon) will look to secure the regular season sweep over crosstown rival Loyola (13-12, 3-8) Saturday, when the Flames and Ramblers collide in the Horizon League Network Game of the Week at Gentile Arena, beginning at 1:00 p.m. CST. The Flames posted a thrilling 61-59 win over Loyola at the Pavilion on Jan. 16.

Last Time Out: Flames Upend Youngstown State in Triple OT
The UIC men's basketball team gutted out an 88-83 triple overtime win over Youngstown State for its second Horizon League road victory of the season last Sunday at the Beeghly Center. Senior point guard Gary Taltonpoured in a game-high 23 points to lead five Flames in double figures. It was UIC's longest game in more than 12 years.

With the win, UIC upped its record to 15-10 overall, 6-6 in the Horizon League. Youngstown State dropped to 14-11 and 6-6. The Flames are now tied for fifth in the Horizon League standings alongside YSU, and own the outright tiebreaker over the Penguins by way of the regular season sweep.

Talton's scoring output came on seven field goals - he also corralled seven rebounds, handed out nine assists and swiped four steals. Senior guard Daniel Barnes scored 20 points, including four three-pointers, and pulled down seven boards. Senior center Josh Crittle posted his second double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds, including five offensive rebounds. Sophomore Marc Brown added 12 points, while junior forward Hayden Humeschipped in 10.

YSU was led by Kendrick Perry, who poured in 29 points, including 18 during the three overtime periods. UIC out-rebounded the Penguins 54-45. It marked UIC's longest game since Jan. 11, 2001, when the Flames defeated Milwaukee, 112-106, at the UIC Pavilion.

Postgame Notebook: The Flames' first overtime game of the season ... UIC was 30-of-70 (.429) from the field - it marked the first time the Flames have converted 30 or more field goals since Nov. 15, 2010 against Roosevelt ... UIC recorded team season-highs in points, field goals and rebounds (54) ... The Flames' 54 rebounds were the most in the Howard Mooreera ... UIC had five players score in double figures for the first time since the Miami (Ohio) game on Dec. 22 ... Talton's nine assists marked a career-high ... Barnes' 20 points represented his 30th career double-digit scoring output ... Crittle posted his second double-double of the season, and the third for a UIC player this season ... Talton (53) and Barnes (51) both played more than 50 minutes, while Crittle (45) and Humes (42) both eclipsed the 40-minute plateau ... The win (6) doubled UIC's entire Horizon League victory total (3) from the 2011-12 campaign ... UIC recorded its first regular season road win over Youngstown State since the 2005-06 campaign ... Moore picked up his 30th win as the Flames' mentor ... There were a combined 22 ties and lead changes in the game.

Last Time Against Loyola
Senior point guard Gary Taltonsank a running bank shot with just 1.7 seconds remaining, lifting the UIC men's basketball team to a thrilling 61-59 win over crosstown rival Loyola in a Horizon League battle at the UIC Pavilion on Jan. 16.

With the game tied 59-59 on UIC's final possession, Talton called his own number, driving through the left lane, and finishing off glass under duress with just 1.7 seconds showing on the clock. On Loyola's last play, Ben Averkamp caught a full-court pass just outside the left wing of the three-point line, turned and launched a shot that fell just short.

Talton scored a team-high 14 points on six field goals, and dished out four assists against just one turnover. He was joined in double figures by senior center Josh Crittle, who chipped in 12 points and a game-high seven rebounds.

Loyola was led by Christian Thomas, who poured in 16 points on 4-of-4 shooting, and an 8-of-8 effort from the free throw line. Averkamp contributed 14 points. UIC senior Anthony Kelleycollected just his second-career start, scoring six points, pulling down three rebounds, dishing out two assists and swatting one block.

UIC committed just three turnovers in the game, a season-low mark. The Flames also scored 11 points off Loyola's nine turnovers, and stifled the Ramblers to just a 34.8 percent effort from the field in the second half.

Onto the Month of February
The Flames tallied winning records in each of the first three months of the season, going 5-1 in November, 4-3 in December and 5-4 in January. The last time UIC collected winning records in each of the first three months of the season was during the 2003-04 campaign, when the Flames tallied winning marks in November (5-1), December (4-3), January (6-3) and February (7-0), won the Horizon League Tournament Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Closer of the League?
Senior point guard Gary Taltonis one of the most consistent scorers in the Horizon League - he enters Saturday's game ranked seventh in the conference in scoring (14.8 ppg) during League play. But where Talton has especially shined this season has been down the stretch of games, particularly in the final 4:00. In regulation time of UIC's six Horizon League wins, after the final media timeout, Talton is shooting 81.8 percent (9-11) from floor, 100 percent (3-3) from three-point range and 88.2 percent (15-17) from free throw line.

That includes the game-winning basket against Loyola (1/16/13) with 1.7 seconds remaining, go-ahead field goals against both Youngstown State (1/2/13; 17 seconds remaining) and Milwaukee (1/23/13; 1:35 remaining), and the shot that forced overtime (0.8 seconds) last Sunday at YSU. In the three overtime periods at Youngstown State last Sunday, Talton was 1-for-3 from the floor, 6-of-7 from the free throw line and dished out three assists.

With a Win Over Loyola, UIC Would...
• Improve to 7-6 in Horizon League play, which would represent its best record through 13 games since the 2007-08 campaign (8-5)
• Collect its fifth road win of the season, including its third Horizon League road victory
• Secure the regular season sweep against the Ramblers
• Improve to 5-2 in its last seven Horizon League games
• Tally its first regular season win at Gentile Arena since Feb. 27, 2009
• Secure head coach Howard Moore'sthird win over rival Loyola

Gettin' Defensive
UIC is on its way to enjoying its most successful team defensive season in program history. The Flames have held 10 opponents under 35 percent shooting, and limited the opposition to less than a 40.0 percent effort in 13 games. UIC has also limited seven opponents to fewer than 50 points for the first time in more than 60 years (1949-50). On Nov. 17 against Mercer, the Flames held the Bears to just 36 total points, the fewest for an opponent since the 1959-60 season, and against Milwaukee (1/23/13), UIC limited the Panthers to just eight second-half points, which set a new UIC Pavilion record, and was the second fewest single-half total for a UIC opponent in program history. UIC is 7-0 on the season when limiting the opposition to less than 50 points and 11-1 when holding its opponent between 30-39 percent shooting from the field.

Converting the Freebies
UIC enters Saturday's game as the Horizon League leader in free throw percentage (.760), a mark that also ranks 11th in the nationally. At the beginning of Horizon League play, UIC put together a pair of flawless efforts from the free throw line against Valpo (18-18; Jan. 9) and Green Bay (8-8; Jan. 12).

Scouting the Ramblers
Loyola, who was picked seventh in the preseason Horizon League poll, is 13-12 on the season, with a 3-9 mark in Horizon League play - the Ramblers have dropped four-straight conference decisions. Preseason Second-Team All-Horizon League selection Ben Averkamp has led Loyola's offensive attack, averaging 15.3 points per game to go along with 6.5 rebounds per contest. Sophomore Christian Thomas is scoring 10.3 points per contest, while freshman Devon Turk is averaging 8.6 points per outing.

Loyola currently ranks second in the Horizon League in scoring defense (60.8 ppg), third in field goal percentage (.435), second overall in three-point field goal percentage (.354) and third in rebounding margin (+2.8). The Ramblers are mentored by former Arkansas Little-Rock and Illinois State head coach Porter Moser, who is in his second year at the helm.

Standout Newcomer in the Middle
Senior center Josh Crittleisn't new to Division I college basketball, but he is new to the Horizon League, and is one of the candidates for the Newcomer of the Year Award. The first-year transfer from UCF is averaging 11.4 ppg and 6.0 rpg in Horizon League play, while shooting 44.7 percent (51-114) from the floor. His rebounding numbers rank second among all Horizon League newcomers.

Seeking the Winning Formula
In the 15 UIC victories this season, the Flames have held their opponents to just 53.9 points per game and 35.4 percent shooting, and dished out an average of 13.1 assists per game. However, in the 10 losses, UIC opponents are shooting 48.5 percent from the floor and scoring an average of 74.1 points per contest. Additionally, in the setbacks, the Flames have distributed 10.6 assists per game.

The Word on the Flames
• UIC primarily plays a man-to-man defensive scheme, occasionally mixing in various zone looks. Head coach Howard Moore has used a rotation of seven or eight players this season, depending on the match-up.
• UIC is allowing just 62.0 points per game, which would represent the lowest point average for its opponents in school history. • UIC currently ranks 11th in the nation in free throw percentage, at 76.0 percent. The Flames have shot 75.0 percent or better from the charity stripe in 16 games this season.
• The Flames are averaging only 11.9 turnovers per game, which ranks 51st nationally. UIC has turned the ball over on just 18.4 percent of its possessions.
• When UIC holds its opponent between 30-39 percent shooting, the Flames are 11-1 on the season. UIC is also 9-1 when leading at halftime, and 7-1 when out-rebounding its opponents.
• The Flames are 4-7 on the road this season, with non-conference road wins over Northern Illinois (11/27/12) and Northwestern (12/1/12), and Horizon League victories at Wright State (1/26/13) and Youngstown State (2/10/13).

Even More on the Flames
• Senior point guard Gary Talton is averaging a team-high 13.4 points per game, with a total of 335 points on the season. He is also the team leader in steals (40), free throws made (101) and free throw percentage (.863) - Talton is shooting at an 86.5 percent clip from the charity stripe for his two-year career.
• Senior guard Daniel Barnes is scoring 11.3 points per game. He has posted 14 double-digit scoring outputs, including 20 points in the triple overtime win at Youngstown State last Sunday (2/10/13).
• Senior center Josh Crittle is averaging 11.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game on a 44.7 percent (51-114) effort from the field during Horizon League play. The UCF transfer has scored in double figures in nine-of the Flames' 12 conference games, and enters Saturday's game as the Flames' leading rebounder in all games (5.5 rpg).
• To go along with his 10.3 points per contest, junior forward Hayden Humes is averaging 5.4 rebounds per game. He is also shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from three.
• During the 2012-13 campaign, UIC will play at least 14 games against teams that made appearances in the 2012 postseason, including four NCAA Tournament foes. The Flames are 2-2 this season against 2012 NCAA Tournament participants.

What's Trending?
• Over the past three games, senior guard Daniel Barnes is averaging 15.3 points per game, and has drilled a combined nine three-pointers.
• Senior wing Anthony Kelley has started the past eight games after seeing action in just four-of the first 17 contests. During that stretch, Kelley is averaging 5.5 ppg and 5.3 rpg in an average of 24.6 minutes per contest.
• Dating back to last season, senior point guard Gary Talton has tallied double-digit scoring outputs in 27-of the last 32 contests, including in 11-of the last 12 games.
• Over the last four contests, four UIC players (senior center Josh Crittle; 14.0 ppg, Talton; 13.8, Barnes; 13.3, and junior forward Hayden Humes; 11.0) are all scoring in double figures.