Flames Return Home to Host Southeast Missouri Saturday

Head coach Howard Moore and Marc Brown.
Head coach Howard Moore and Marc Brown.

Nov. 23, 2012

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Game #5: UIC Flames (3-1) vs. Southeast Missouri Redhawks (3-3)
Saturday, November 24, 2012 • UIC Pavilion • 3:00 p.m.
Radio: UIC Flames Radio Network (Dave Juday/Kenny Williams) • Flagship: WMVP-AM 1000
Webcast: Horizon League Network (
UIC Head Coach: Howard Moore • Record at UIC/Overall as Head Coach: 18-47 (3rd season)
UIC Athletic Communications Contact: Brett McWethy • Office Phone: 312.996.5880
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#4 Gary Talton • PG
Boasts a 5.3 assist/turnover ratio (21 assists, four turnovers) with four double-digit scoring outputs this season, and enters Saturday's game as UIC's second-leading rebounder. Scored his 400th career point against Iona. Member of the 2012 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team after scoring 13.2 ppg in League play.

#1 Daniel Barnes • SG
Scored a season-high 16 points against Iona, and pulled down a career-high eight rebounds. Has pulled down a combined 15 rebounds in the past two games. Will be playing his 40th career game against SEMO. Scored a team second-best 10.4 points per game last season, and ranked fourth overall in the Horizon League in three-point field goals made (64).

#10 Marc Brown • W
Has started 31 of the 34 career games he has played in. Scored exactly 200 points in freshman season, starting 27 contests. Scored six or more points on 15 occasions, and led the Flames in scoring five times.

#13 Hayden Humes • PF
Enters Saturday's game shooting 56.1 percent from the field, and 63.2 percent from three-point range, and is the Flames' leading scorer. Went over 300 points for his UIC career with a career-best 22 points against Iona. Dating back to last season, has posted double-digit scoring outputs in 12-of the last 14 games, including seven-straight.

#34 Josh Crittle • C
One of four Flames averaging double figures in scoring (11.0 ppg) on the season. Played in all 31 games for UCF last season, garnering 25 starts. Prior to transferring to UCF, appeared in 51 games over two seasons (2008-09/2009-10) at Oregon. Transferred to UIC in September.

Setting the Scene
The UIC men's basketball team will look to improve to 2-0 at home this season, and collect its third-straight victory, when the Flames host Southeast Missouri in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Flames opened the 2012-13 season with a 59-52 win over UC Riverside at the Pavilion on Nov. 11, and won their last two games during the US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

UIC vs. Iona Recap
The UIC men's basketball team erased a double-digit second half deficit and placed four players in double figures, leading to an 86-81 win over Iona College in the fourth-place game of the US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Monday night. Junior forward Hayden Humesled the way offensively, scoring a career-high 22 points, including 17 in the second half.

Joining Humes in double figures were the Flames' three senior starters - point guard Gary Talton (17 points), guard Daniel Barnes (16) and center Josh Crittle(13). Talton also dished out seven assists against just one turnover, while Barnes pulled down a career-high eight rebounds, as did Humes. Iona was led by Lamont Jones, who scored 22 points on 10 field goals.

The Flames' 86 points marks its highest single-game scoring output since Nov. 15, 2010 when the Flames defeated Roosevelt, 94-54. UIC also improved to 4-2 in neutral site games under third-year head coach Howard Moore.

UIC trailed 38-33 at halftime, but claimed its first lead (74-73) of the second half with 2:25 remaining after sophomore Marc Brownconverted a pair of free throws. Iona's Sean Armand missed a three-pointer on the ensuing possession, and Humes took advantage, drilling a triple from the top of the key to push the UIC's lead to two possessions, 77-73 with 1:43 remaining. The Flames never surrendered the lead down the stretch, converting nine free throws in the final 39 seconds. Both Crittle and Talton were 4-for-4 from the charity stripe during the game's waning seconds.

Finding Quality Wins in Paradise
UIC finished the US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam in fourth-place. The Flames dropped a hard-fought 66-59 decision versus eventual champion New Mexico in the first round (11/16/12), followed by respective wins over Mercer (62-36 on Nov. 17) and Iona (86-81 on Monday, Nov. 19). All three of the Flames' opponents in the tournament were in the postseason last March. New Mexico advanced to the NCAA Tournament Round of 32; Mercer won 27 games en route to a berth in the Postseason Tournament and Iona was an NCAA Tourney "First Four" participant.

Running the Show
Senior point guard Gary Taltontallied his 25th career double-digit scoring output (17 points) Monday against Iona, but his efficiency in running the offense has been even more impressive early on this season. Talton has dished out 21 assists against just four turnovers through UIC's first four games of the season, an assist/turnover ratio of 5.3. During the Paradise Jam, Talton averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game while shooting 44 percent (14-32) from the field.

Point `N Shoot
Junior forward Hayden Humesis off to a blistering start through UIC's first four games. The Valparaiso, Ind., native is shooting 56.1 percent (23-41) from the field, and 63.2 percent (12-19) from three-point range. Humes enters Saturday's game against Southeast Missouri as the Flames' leading scorer, at 15.5 points per game. He paced the Flames in scoring in each of UIC's three games during the Paradise Jam, including a career-high 22 points bolstered by four three-pointers in the finale against Iona. Dating back to last season, Humes has posted double-digit scoring outputs in 12-of the last 14 games, including seven-straight.

Gettin' Defensive
UIC's stingy defensive effort has certainly been notable early this season, and has been instrumental in the Flames' three wins. The Flames are holding their opponents to just a 39.4 percent effort from the field, and a 25.7 percent output from three-point range. Along with limiting the opposition to just 58.8 points per game, UIC has also forced its foes into an average of 14.8 turnovers per game. The Flames are also averaging 6.5 steals per game entering Saturday's contest against SEMO.

Shooting from Distance
UIC has converted at least eight three-pointers in all four of its games this season. The Flames drilled eight threes in the season opening win over UC Riverside, converted nine triples against New Mexico, hit eight three-pointers against Mercer and made a season-high 12 threes versus Iona. Junior forward Hayden Humes has hit a team-high 12 threes on the season, while senior guard Daniel Barnes and sophomore guard Joey Millerhave drilled 10 and six, respectively.

Come Together, Right Now
Offensively, it all came together for UIC in its 86-81 win over Iona. Against the Gaels, the Flames tallied team season-highs in points (86), field goals made (26), field goal percentage (.473), three-point field goals (12), free throws made (22) and assists (17). UIC also scored 53 points in the second half, its highest 20:00 total of the season. Individually, Hayden Humes scored a career-high 22 points, while Daniel Barnespulled down a career-best eight rebounds.

Crunching the Numbers: Hayden Humes
Early on this season, all signs point to Hayden Humes enjoying one of the best campaigns among all Horizon League players. The second-year transfer from Toledo is averaging 15.5 points per game, nearly doubling his scoring average from the 2011-12 season (8.2 ppg). Humes is shooting 63.2 percent from three-point range entering Saturday's game against SEMO. If that stat holds up at the end of the season, it would significantly mark the best single-season three-point efficiency effort in school history. UIC's all-time single-season leader in three-point field goal percentage is Bryant Lowe, who shot the three ball at a 51.2 percent clip (21-41) during the 1997-98 season.

All About Balance
The Flames may have found the recipe that will help them turn the corner this season: offensive balance. In all four of its games, UIC has seen at least three players score in double figures. Additionally, UIC has had four players post double-digit scoring outputs in two individual contests, including in Monday's win over Iona. The staples have been senior point guard Gary Talton and junior forward Hayden Humes, who have posted double-digit scoring outputs in each of the Flames' games.

Scouting the Redhawks
Southeast Missouri, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, is off to a 3-3 start this season. The Redhawks were picked to finish second in the West Division of the preseason OVC poll. Through the first six games of the season, SEMO is enjoying a balanced scoring effort, with five players averaging at least 8.0 points per game. Tyler Stone is scoring a team-high 15.8 points per game. The Redhawks are coached by Dickey Nutt, who is in his fourth season at the helm. Dickey's son, Lucas, is a starting guard on the team.

Looking Ahead
UIC will play a pair of non-conference road games against foes in the Chicagoland region next week. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Flames will make the short trip on I-88 to take on Northern Illinois for a 7:00 p.m. tip. Next Saturday (Dec. 1), UIC will travel north to Evanston to collide with Northwestern beginning at 1:00 p.m. CST.

New Kids on the Block
• UIC has nine new players on the 2012-13 roster, including five freshmen (two walk-ons), two sophomores and two seniors.
• Three of the newcomers have Division I experience: Josh Crittle (UCF), Joey Miller (Eastern Illinois) and Kelsey Barlow (Purdue). Barlow will sit out the entire 2012-13 season satisfying NCAA transfer rules. Crittle and Miller were both given immediate eligibility with the Flames.
Matt Gorski, Gabe Snider and Jake Wiegand are true freshmen, as are walk-ons Ngijol Songolo and Austin Angel.
Joey Miller and Jay Parker are sophomore eligible.
• Head coach Howard Moore's2012-13 class was ranked at the "Head of the Class" by USA Today in the publication's season preview and "Rating the Recruiting" section.

UIC Basketball Inks McGuire, Whitaker in Early Signing Period
During the first week of the early signing period, head men's basketball coach Howard Mooreannounced the official signings of Elkhart (Ind.) Memorial combo guard Markese McGuire (6-3, 200), along with Lance Whitaker (6-4, 195), a wing from Bartlett High School. UIC will have one more scholarship remaining in the 2013-14 class.

This Weekend in the Horizon League
Saturday, Nov. 24
• Bethune-Cookman/Nebraska-Omaha vs. Valparaiso (Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic), TBA
• Wright State at Utah, TBA
• Detroit at Miami, 1:00 p.m. CST
• Southeast Missouri at UIC, 3:00 p.m. CST
• Loyola at Northern Illinois, 3:00 p.m. CST
• Milwaukee vs. Jacksonville (Hoops for Hope Classic), 3:30 p.m.
• North Dakota State at Green Bay, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 25
• Milwaukee vs. Rider (Hoops for Hope Classic), 3:30 p.m. CST