Talton, Crittle Nab All-Horizon League Honors|
March 4, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - UIC senior point guard Gary Talton was named All-Horizon League Second-Team, while senior center Josh Crittle was recognized as a member of the League's All-Newcomer Team, it was announced by League officials on Monday in advance of this week's Horizon League Championship.
"Both of these guys are well-deserving of the honors they received today," said head coach Howard Moore. "It shows the respect they have earned from the coaches around this League. Along with Danny (Barnes) and AK (Anthony Kelley), Gary and Josh are a major part of the progress our team has made this season. They've helped lay the groundwork."
Talton has posted 23 double-digit scoring outputs this season, and led the Flames in scoring on 14 occasions. He has started all 30 games and dished out five or more assists 12 times. The Dallas native is the first UIC player to capture both all-newcomer and/or first or second-team honors in a two-year stretch since Martell Bailey and Cedrick Banks in 2002 and 2003. Talton was named the Horizon League Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 26.
"Gary solidified himself as our true leader early in the season," Moore said about his senior point guard. "He's done a great job of staying poised all year, and letting the game come to him. We are at our best when Gary is getting other guys involved, and when we've needed him to make a play, usually in a late-game situation, he's answered the bell."
Crittle has posted 17 double-digit scoring efforts this season, including nine during Horizon League play. He led the Flames in rebounding (5.3) during the regular season, and paced UIC on the boards in 13 individual games. Crittle, who recorded two-of UIC's three double-doubles during the regular season, was twice named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Week, on Nov. 26 and Jan. 7.
"Josh was one of the best big men in our League this season," said Moore. "Teams game-plan against him, and he is still doing a good job of being a force for us. He decided to transfer to UIC not only to receive a master's degree and to come home, but also to be a featured player. He's really given us a presence inside, and has helped our younger post players improve in practice. A lot of Will Simonton and Jake Wiegand's development can be attributed to those guys having to go against Josh every day in practice."
Talton was named to the All-Newcomer Team at the conclusion of the 2011-12 campaign after leading the Flames in scoring, field goals made, free throw percentage, free throws made and assists per game. During his two-year career, Talton has scored 727 career points, handed out 227 assists and grabbed 221 rebounds.
The fifth-seeded UIC men's basketball team (16-14, 7-9 Horizon) will look to advance to the Horizon League Tournament Quarterfinals for the first time since the 2008-09 season Tuesday, when the Flames host No. 8 Cleveland State in the first-round of the postseason beginning at 7:00 p.m. CST at the Pavilion. CSU recorded a regular-season sweep over the Flames, including a 77-66 road win on Feb. 2.