Maurice Brown & Theandre Kimbrough Earn MCC Post-Season Accolades|
March 1, 2000
The UIC men's basketball team has landed two players on the Midwestern Collegiate Conference's post-season squads as freshman Maurice Brown (Syracuse, NY/Henninger) earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team while senior Theandre Kimbrough (Zion, Ill./Zion-Benton) was voted to the All-Defensive Squad.
Brown, a starter in 24 games this season, enters the MCC Tournament this weekend at UIC with averages of 9.3 ppg and 6.6 rpg. He upped his production, however, to 12.9 ppg and 8.2 rpg against MCC foes, including career-highs of 22 points and 18 rebounds in a win over Detroit on Jan. 6. The 6-foot-7 forward recorded six "double-doubles" during the season while also breaking the UIC rookie scoring record with 269 points.
Joining Brown on the all-newcomer team are Damon Stringer (Cleveland State), Clay Tucker (UW-Milwaukee), Terrell Riggs (Detroit) and Mike King (UW-Green Bay).
Kimbrough, the Flames' leading scorer with an average of 13.5 ppg, leads the league with 51 steals and enters the post-season action this weekend ranked eighth on the all-time thefts list. UIC's top point man in 12 outings this season, Kimbrough has averaged 16.9 ppg in the last eight contests while scoring 20 or more points five times this year. He becomes the first-ever Flames player to earn a place on the all-defensive team.
Kimbrough is joined on the all-defensive squad by Mike Marshall (Butler), Rashad Phillips (Detroit), Earl Brown (Loyola) and Jerry Carstensen (UW-Green Bay).
Brown and Kimbrough will lead UIC against Cleveland State in the first round of the 2000 Nokia/MCC Men's Basketball Tournament which begins this weekend at the UIC Pavilion. The Flames will take on the Vikings at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.