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    Former Flames forward Justin Bowen is helping the Austin Toros in a big way during their quest for a championship in 2007-08.
     
    Former Flames forward Justin Bowen is helping the Austin Toros in a big way during their quest for a championship in 2007-08.
     
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    April 22, 2008

    Austin, Texas- Former UIC men's basketball star Justin Bowen has his current professional team, the Austin Toros, standing just one win away from the ultimate prize in the NBA Development League.

    Bowen scored a game-high 25 points in just under 41 minutes on the floor during the Toros' 95-89 win over the Idaho Stampede in the D-League championship series' opening game at the Austin Convention Center on Monday night.

    The 6-foot-7 forward was 11-for-19 from the field and pulled down five rebounds for the San Antonio Spurs' affiliate.

    Through Monday Bowen is averaging 13.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for the Toros. Bowen is putting up 18.5 points and 6.0 boards per postseason contest.

    The best-of-three NBA Development League Championship series heads to Boise, Idaho for the next two games in the championship set. The next game is this Thursday, when the Toros can clinch the D-League title with a victory.

    A three-year letterwinner for the Flames from 2003-04 until 2005-06, Bowen was a 2005-06 All-Horizon League Second Team selection who led the team in scoring (14.7 points) as a senior.

    The Chicago native started 62 games and appeared in 90 during his UIC career. He played a key role as both as reserve and a starter on the Flames' 2004 Horizon League Championship squad.