Men's Hoops Lifts Lid on 2011-12 Campaign at Eastern Michigan Friday
Nov. 10, 2011
► UIC will officially lift the lid on the 2011-12 regular season Friday night, after winning both of its exhibition games. The Flames defeated the University of Chicago (61-45) on Nov. 2, and stifled Lake Forest College on Wednesday (Nov. 8), 57-33. Both games were played at the UIC Pavilion.
► The Flames will look to win their road opener for the first time since the 2007-08 season, when UIC defeated host Central Michigan, 65-52 (11/28/07), at Rose Arena. UIC defeated host Toledo, 57-51, in its second road game last November (11/19/10).
► UIC will be seeking its first-ever win over Eastern Michigan. The Flames and Eagles have gone head-to-head three times in the sport of men's basketball, with EMU winning those games by an average of 10 points per contest. The two squads will be meeting for the first time at EMU's Convocation Center, which opened for basketball prior to the 1998-99 campaign. In the last meeting between UIC and EMU in Ypsilanti, the Eagles posted a 73-55 win at Bowen Field House (12/12/81).
► Friday's game will mark a homecoming of sorts for UIC guard Daniel Barnes, who began his career at Eastern Michigan before transferring to Kaskaskia College, and eventually, UIC. Barnes, who started both exhibition games, was limited to just five contests for the Flames last season after suffering a season-ending knee injury.
LET'S DO IT AGAIN
ABOUT EASTERN MICHIGAN
» The Eagles return three starters from a team which finished with a 9-22 (5-11 MAC) record, with a fourth-place finish in the MAC-West.
» Eastern Michigan is in the first year under the tutelage of head coach Rob Murphy, a native of Detroit that served the previous seven seasons as an assistant coach at Syracuse under head coach Jim Boeheim.
» The 2011-12 Eagles were perfect in their two exhibition games. EMU defeated Earlham, 81-55, and Marygrove, 85-51, to prepare for Friday's season opener against UIC.
Eastern Michigan: Rob Murphy in his first year as head coach of the Eastern Michigan University men's basketball program. The Detroit native spent the previous seven seasons as an assistant coach at Syracuse, helping the Orange compile a 180-67 overall record and advance to five NCAA Tournaments.
RE-CAPPING THE EXHIBITION SEASON
Against Chicago, junior college transfer Gary Talton led all scorers with 14 points, while seniors Dorian Tyler, Paris Carter and Daniel Barneschipped in 10 points each. Barnes connected on three treys and added five boards and three assists, while Carter nearly missed a double-double with seven rebounds, five of which were offensive boards.
In the win over Lake Forest, senior center Darrin Williamsled the Flames with 14 points and fell just short of a double-double with nine rebounds. Barnes also logged double digits with 13 points and added six rebounds from the shooting guard position. UIC held the Foresters to just a 25.9 percent effort from the field, and forced Lake Forest into 18 turnovers.
,b>PLENTY OF NEW FACES
Below is a listing of UIC's nine newcomers.
Jerome Brown, 6-4, 186, G, Fr., Chicago, Ill. (Morgan Park)
SUITING UP RIGHT AWAY
Humes started 26 games for Toledo last season and averaged 5.7 points and 5.1 rebounds. He transferred from Toledo after the program's scholarships were reduced due to its Academic Progress Rate. Humes, who compiled a 3.43 grade-point-average in two academic years at Toledo, averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in his two games against UIC last season. He will have three years of eligibility with the Flames. In Toledo's regular season finale against Eastern Michigan last season (3/5/11), Humes scored 12 points and pulled down four rebounds.
GORSKI, SNIDER, WIEGAND SIGN FOR 2012-13
Gorski, who also drew recruiting attention from high-major schools such as Boston College and Auburn, played his senior year of high school basketball at Princeton Day Academy in Washington D.C. He is rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, and has grown two inches since the end of his senior year of high school.
Wiegand chose UIC over The Citadel, IUPUI, Missouri State, Furman and others. He played on the same frontline as Gorski last season -- the duo represents the second and third recruits from Fisburne Military Academy to sign at UIC, joining 6-foot-10 center Will Simonton, who saw action in both of UIC's exhibition games in the past week.
Snider was an early commitment to UIC, announcing his intentions to join the Flames last February. The 6-foot-1 guard is highly regarded as one of the top perimeter shooters in the class of 2012. He joins Jerome Brown (Morgan Park), Ahman Fells (Simeon), Rob Robinson (Simeon) and Greg Travis (Curie) as Chicago Public League players to sign with the UIC basketball program since Howard Mooretook over the head coaching reigns in August 2010.
In the past 12 months, Moore and his staff have signed 11 players: Robinson, Jerome Brown, Fells, Travis, Simonton, Marc Brown, Hayden Humes (transfer from Toledo), Gary Talton(junior college transfer from Mountain View C.C. in Texas) and now, Gorski, Snider and Wiegand.
ONE MORE YEAR ON TAP
CAPTAINING THE SHIP
WILLIAMS COLLECTS PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE PLAUDIT