Nov. 15, 2011
► For the second-consecutive season, the UIC men's basketball team will open its non-conference home schedule against Roosevelt University, when the Flames host the Lakers Wednesday night at the UIC Pavilion. The Flames are coming off a 68-57 setback at Eastern Michigan in last Friday's (11/11/11) season opener. The Lakers are 0-2 on the season, and coming off last Saturday's 98-83 loss at William Penn University.
► Since joining the NCAA Division I ranks, UIC's men's basketball team has compiled a 23-7 record in home openers. The Flames defeated Roosevelt in last season's lid lifter at the UIC Pavilion, 94-54. UIC has won five-straight home openers, dating back to the 2005-06 campaign.
► UIC will be looking to improve to 4-0 all-time against the Lakers. Prior to last season, Roosevelt was a dormant program for the previous 20 years. The Lakers are now competing at the NAIA level as members of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
► NEXT UP: The Flames will continue their homestand by hosting Quincy University at the Pavilion Saturday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. CST. The Hawks will open the regular season against Hannibal-LaGrange College at home Tuesday night. Quincy defeated Drake (84-74) in its exhibition opener (11/5/11), followed by respective exhibition road losses at Illinois State (11/6/11) and Illinois (11/7/11).
LET'S DO IT AGAIN
The 2011-12 campaign will mark the 65th season in the history of the UIC men's basketball program. The Flames garnered NCAA Division I status in 1981-82. The program has an all-time Division I record of 454-439, and has been to the NCAA Tournament three times since 1998 (1998-99, 2001-02 and 2003-04). The Flames made their lone NIT appearance at the conclusion of the 2002-03 campaign. UIC has seen membership in the Horizon League (2001-present), MCC (1994-2000) and Mid-Continent Conferences (1982-94) since becoming a Division I member.
» Roosevelt University is an independent, non-profit, metropolitan university with two distinct campuses located in downtown Chicago and suburban Schaumburg, Illinois.
» Roosevelt University became the 296th member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in April 2010. The Lakers began competition last fall in seven sports, including men's and women's cross country, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's basketball and baseball.
» The Lakers play their home games at the Keating Sports Center in Chicago.
UIC: Howard Moore(Wisconsin, '95) is in his second season as the head coach at UIC, where he has compiled a 7-25 overall record. He spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, helping the Badgers to five straight NCAA tournament berths. Moore, 38, also served assistant coaching stints at Loyola (2004-05), Ball State (2003-04) and Bradley (1999-2003).
Roosevelt: The fourth head coach in Roosevelt men's basketball history, Joe Griffin enters his second season at the helm of the Lakers' men's basketball program. The Michigan native honed his skills under the tutelage of Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo, serving for two seasons (2006-08) as a graduate assistant coach for the Spartans.
FLAMES FALL SHORT AT EMU IN OPENER, 68-57
Senior forward Paris Cartertallied his second-career double-double with a career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds, but host Eastern Michigan out-scored the UIC men's basketball team 21-10 over the final 8:25, leading to a 68-57 win over the Flames in the regular season opener for both teams at the Convocation Center last Friday.
Former EMU transfer Daniel Barnes added a career-best 10 points (4-12) for the Flames, while freshmen guards Marc Brown and Greg Travis chipped in nine and six points, respectively, in their collegiate debuts. Junior point guard Gary Taltonscored two points, pulled down four rebounds and dished out three assists against zero turnovers in his first-career start.
Eastern Michigan placed three players in double figures, led by Derek Thompson's 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting. The Flames shot 43.5 percent from the field in the first half, and trailed by just one point (27-26) after the opening 20:00. There were a combined 17 ties and lead changes in the game.
POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Junior Gary Talton, sophomore Hayden Humes and freshmen Marc Brown, Will Simonton and Greg Travis all played their first-career games in a UIC uniform ... Brown scored nine points (2-9), while Talton chipped in two points (1-5), pulled down four rebounds and dished out three assists against zero turnovers ... The Flames were 4-of-20 from three-point range (.200) in the game, with Barnes (2), senior Matt Bush (1) and Brown (1) all hitting threes ... UIC shot 61.1 percent from the free throw line (11-18) ... The Flames, who were the top offensive rebounding team in the Horizon League last season, corralled 15 offensive rebounds against the Eagles ... UIC was forced into 20 turnovers ... Making his return to Eastern Michigan, Daniel Barnes'line read as follows: 10 points (4-12 FG, 2-8 on 3-Pt. FGs), three assists, four steals ... Williams scored eight points, six in the first half, and pulled down five rebounds to go along with three blocks ... The Flames dropped their road opener for the fourth-straight season ... UIC is now 0-4 all-time against Eastern Michigan.
PLENTY OF NEW FACES
The UIC men's basketball team will field the 16th youngest team in the NCAA Division I ranks during the 2011-12 season. Head coach Howard Moore and his staff have welcomed nine newcomers to the mix, including seven freshmen. In addition, Daniel Barnes and Matt Bush, who both sat out the majority of last season due to significant knee injuries, have played just a combined nine games in a UIC basketball uniform. Of UIC's six returning players, only Darrin Williams and Paris Cartersaw action in 28 or more games last season. Below is a listing of UIC's nine newcomers.
Jerome Brown: 6-4, 186, G, Fr., Chicago, Ill. (Morgan Park)
Marc Brown: 6-4, 203, G/F, Fr., Dallas, Texas (Woodrow Wilson)
Ahman Fells: 6-5, 183, F, Fr., Chicago, Ill. (Simeon)
Hayden Humes: 6-8, 215, F, So.-TR, Valparaiso, Ind. (Valparaiso/Toledo)
Rob Robinson: 6-5, 188, G/F, Fr., Chicago, Ill. (Simeon/St. John's Military Academy [Wis.])
Will Simonton: 6-10, 217, C, Fr., Vienna, Va. (George Marshall/Fisburne Military Academy [Va.])
Sammy Sutter: 6-2, 164, G, Fr., Bartlett, Ill. (South Elgin)
Gary Talton: 6-1, 158, G, Jr.-TR, DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto/Mountain View C.C. [Texas])
Greg Travis: 6-0, 186, G, Fr., Chicago, Ill. (Curie)
Senior forward Paris Carterrecorded a dominating frontcourt performance in the opener at Eastern Michigan, tallying his second-career double-double with a career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds. Carter played 33 minutes, and made 12 trips to the free throw line. Over the last six games, dating back to the Green Bay contest at the UIC Pavilion last season (2/10/11), Carter is averaging 8.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per outing. Three of those games have resulted in double-digit rebounding efforts.
ONE MORE YEAR ON TAP
Transfer guard Daniel Barnes, who was limited to just five games in 2010-11 due to a season-ending knee injury, was granted a fifth year of eligibility by the NCAA, it was announced last week. Barnes will play the 2011-12 season as a redshirt junior, and return to the Flames for his senior campaign in 2012-13. Barnes made his first-career start at Eastern Michigan, and scored a career-high 10 points on four field goals, including two three-pointers. He also swiped a game-high four steals.
IN SEARCH OF SOME HOME COOKIN'
During the offseason, UIC head coach Howard Mooreoften spoke about the importance of developing a home-court advantage at the UIC Pavilion heading into his second year at the helm. When taking a closer look at UIC's losses at home last season, it becomes apparent how close the Flames were to enjoying a much more successful campaign in terms of wins and losses. In five-of its nine home losses, UIC led at halftime, and in three of those setbacks, the Flames held a lead with less than 3:00 remaining in regulation.
SUITING UP RIGHT AWAY
UIC head men's basketball coach Howard Moore's frontcourt for the 2011-12 season immediately got deeper in August, when the athletic department announced that Toledo transfer Hayden Humeswas granted a legislative relief waiver, allowing him immediate eligibility to play for the Flames this season.
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.
GORSKI, SNIDER, WIEGAND SIGN FOR 2012-13
UIC head men's basketball coach Howard Mooreannounced the official signings of 7-foot center Matt Gorski and 6-foot-8 power forward Jake Wiegand, of Fisburne Military Academy in Virginia, along with 6-foot-1 guard Gabriel Snider from Whitney Young High School in Chicago last Wednesday. The trio will represent UIC's recruiting class for the 2012-13 campaign.
In the past 12 months, Moore and his staff have signed 11 players: Rob Robinson, Jerome Brown, Ahman Fells, Greg Travis, Will 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.
CAPTAINING THE SHIP
UIC head coach Howard Moore named veteran guards Daniel Barnes and Matt Bush, along with junior transfer point guard Gary Talton team captains for the 2011-12 campaign. Barnes and Bush were limited to a combined seven games of action due to injury last year, but were present in practice on a daily basis, and displayed solid leadership roles this past summer. Talton, who led Mountain View Community College (Tex.) to a NJCAA National Championship last season, is expected to immediately battle for the starting point guard position for the Flames this season.