Flames Set to Host Evansville in Pre-Thanksgiving Tilt Wednesday

Point guard Gary Talton
Point guard Gary Talton

Nov. 22, 2011

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UIC (1-2) vs. Evansville (2-1)
 Date Wednesday, November 23
 Time 7:00 p.m. CST
 Location Chicago, Ill. | UIC Pavilion (8,000)
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► 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.

UIC: Howard Moore(Wisconsin, '95) is in his second season as the head coach at UIC, where he has compiled an 8-26 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).

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.

» The University of Evansville is located in Evansville, Ind., and has a total enrollment of 2,822. The Purple Aces are members of the Missouri Valley Conference.
» Evansville is coming off a 16-16 record (9-9 MVC) and a sixth-place finish in The Valley. The Purple Aces return 10 letterwinners, including three starters from that team.
» Evansville began its season with an 80-77 win over defending Horizon League Champion and two-time national runner-up Butler (11/12/11).
» Three players are averaging double figures in scoring for Evansville, led by Colt Ryan's 18.3 points per contest. Denver Holmes and Kenny Harris are averaging 14.0 and 13.3 points per game, respectively.

Junior guard Daniel Barnesscored a game-high 17 points to eclipse his career-high for the third-consecutive game, but the Flames surrendered a late lead, and fell short versus Quincy in a non-conference men's basketball game at the UIC Pavilion last Saturday, 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.

Former UIC standout guard Robo Kreps hit the game-winning bucket with 4.4 seconds remaining to send UIC's men's basketball team to an 82-80 win over Evansville in a BracketBusters matchup at Roberts Stadium on Feb. 20, 2010. Kreps turned in a game-high 28 points and six assists, and Spencer Stewartadded a career-high 20 points and seven rebounds as the Flames rallied from 14 points down in the second half to notch their lone road victory of the 2009-10 season.

UIC has played a total of 87 games against opponents affiliated with the Missouri Valley Conference since 1978. The Flames have compiled a 35-52 all-time record in those contests, and currently boast all-time series leads versus Evansville (4-1) and Northern Iowa (11-10). The only Missouri Valley Conference foe UIC has not faced in its history is Wichita State.

Through the first three games of the season, UIC has been one of the best defensive teams in the Horizon League. The Flames are allowing their opponents to score just 58.3 points per game, the second-lowest mark in the League, while UIC's respective three-point field goal defense (.133) and overall defensive field goal percentage (.377) rank first and second in the Horizon League.

As mentioned, junior guard Daniel Barnesdrilled five three-pointers in UIC's game against Quincy last Saturday. Barnes has converted at least two trifectas in each of UIC's three contests this season, and enters Wednesday's game against Evansville's as the Horizon League's leader in three-point field goals made (9).

Freshman point guard Greg Travishas made a seamless transition from high school to college basketball early in November. In an average of 23.7 minutes per game, Travis is shooting a team-best 60 percent (12-of-20) from the field. The four-year starting point guard from Curie High School in Chicago also boasts a 1.4 assist/turnover ratio heading into Wednesday's contest against Evansville.

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. Of UIC's six returning players, only Darrin Williams and Paris Cartersaw action in 28 or more games last season. For a chart of the youngest teams in NCAA Division I basketball this season, see page 4.

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 on Nov. 9. 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.