Flames Set to Host Evansville in Pre-Thanksgiving Tilt Wednesday
Nov. 22, 2011
► UIC will look to complete its three-game November homestand with a 2-1 record, when the Flames entertain Evansville at the UIC Pavilion Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. CST. UIC (1-2) is coming off a 65-61 setback at the hands of Quincy University, while Evansville enters the contest with a 2-1 record after defeating Oakland City, 80-53, last Saturday.
► Under second-year head coach Howard Moore, the UIC men's basketball team boasts a 5-5 record during the month of November. That stretch includes three wins at the UIC Pavilion.
► UIC owns a 4-1 all-time series advantage against Evansville, and has recorded three-straight wins over the Purple Aces, dating back to the 2003-04 campaign. Wednesday's game marks a return from the 2010 BracketBusters series, when the Flames recorded an 82-80 win over Evansville at Roberts Stadium.
► Head coach Howard Moore, who spent three seasons (2000-03) as an assistant coach at Missouri Valley Conference member Bradley, will be going head-to-head against a Valley foe for the second time as a head coach. UIC came up short in a 53-43 setback at Illinois State last season (12/11/10).
► NEXT UP: The Flames will kick off a three-game road trip by taking on Toledo at Savage Arena on Saturday (Nov. 26) beginning at 6 p.m. CST. UIC has won five-straight over the Rockets, dating back to the 2007-08 campaign, including a pair of victories last season.
Evansville: Marty Simmons is in his fifth season as the head coach at Evansville, his alma mater. Simmons has led the Aces to post-season play two of the past three years, produced two .500-or-better seasons and orchestrated Evansville's best Missouri Valley Conference record since 2001. In two of the past three years, he has finished among the top four in voting for MVC Coach of the Year.
FLAMES COME UP SHORT VERSUS QUINCY, 65-61
Gary Talton and Matt Bushboth tallied career-high numbers as Talton scored 13 points, while Bush chipped in eight points on 3-of-5 shooting. The Hawks were led by Courtney Belger, who contributed a team-high 14 points.
Quincy shot 56 percent in the opening half, and held a seven-point (35-28) at halftime. UIC regained a four-point advantage with just over eight minutes remaining in the second half, but the Hawks erased the deficit, and hit 12 free throws down the stretch to seal the win. The Hawks out-scored UIC 28-16 in the paint, and scored 25 points off the Flames' 16 turnovers. There were a combined six ties and lead changes in the contest.
POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: UIC's 61 points marked a season-high ... The Flames shot 40 percent (20-50) from the field, a season-best mark ... UIC drilled a season-high eight three-pointers in the game ... Quincy shot 46.8 percent (22-47) from the field, the most efficient mark for a UIC opponent this year ... The Hawks were also 19-of-22 from the free throw line ... The Flames recorded season-lows in both field goals (20) and attempted field goals (50) ... UIC posted a 35-29 rebounding advantage ... Quincy was credited with just 10 turnovers in the game ... Daniel Barnes came off the bench, and surpassed his career-high for the third-consecutive contest ... Junior college transfer Gary Talton scored a season-high 13 points on five field goals, and dished out four assists versus just one turnover ... Freshman Greg Travis, who started alongside Talton in the backcourt, had three assists against only one turnover ... Quincy native Matt Bush enjoyed an efficient offensive effort, scoring a career-high eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, including two three-pointers ... Quincy out-scored the Flames 28-16 in the paint, and scored 25 points off UIC's 16 turnovers ... The Flames' bench contributed 29 points ... Freshman guard Jerome Brownmade his season debut, playing six minutes off the bench.
LAST TIME AGAINST EVANSVILLE
TAKING ON THE VALLEY
D.B. -- FOR THREE!!
MAKING THE ADJUSTMENT
PLENTY OF NEW FACES
GORSKI, SNIDER, WIEGAND SIGN FOR 2012-13
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.