Gary Talton, Josh Crittle Receive Weekly Horizon League Honors|
Nov. 26, 2012
CHICAGO - Senior point guard Gary Talton has been named the Horizon League Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week, while senior center Josh Crittle was tabbed the Newcomer of the Week, it was announced by League officials Monday morning. The Flames went 2-0 last week, recording non-conference wins over Iona and Southeast Missouri.
Talton averaged 15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while committing just two turnovers in the Flames' two contests. Against Iona, he capped off his stellar performance in the US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam by scoring a season-high 17 points and dishing out seven assists against just one turnover. In the Flames' 56-45 win over SEMO, he chipped in 14 points and corralled a career-high nine rebounds.
For the week, Talton shot nearly 40 percent (.391) from the field, 57.1 percent (4-7) from three-point range and 90 percent (9-10) from the charity stripe. He tallied an assist/turnover ratio of 4.5 in an average of 37.0 minutes per game.
"Gary has been a consistent scorer for us, but he's also been the floor general that we expected him to be this season," said head coach Howard Moore. "He's been locked in on the game plan, has and been very unselfish running our offense. I expect him to have a great senior year."
Crittle averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting nearly 48 percent (.476) from the field last week. In the 86-81 win over the Gaels in St. Thomas, Crittle scored 13 points, pulled down four rebounds dished out two assists and had one block in 32 minutes. He was also 7-for-9 from the free throw line. Five days later against SEMO, Crittle produced his first-career double-double, scoring a career-high 17 points and corralling a career-best 12 boards. He converted seven field goals, dished out a pair of assists and swiped one steal in 33 minutes of action.
On the week, Crittle converted 10 field goals (10-21; .476) and made 16 trips to the free throw line (10-of-16). He pulled down 16 total rebounds and handed out four assists.
"Josh has obviously been a great addition to our team," said Moore. "He came here for a reason - he wanted to be a big factor in turning a program around. We're excited to have him. One of the keys for us is to get him asserted early in the game. We've been doing a good job getting him touches and he's been making plays for us."
Talton has been UIC's most consistent offensive threat this season, posting double-digit scoring outputs in each of the Flames' five games. His efficiency in running the offense has been especially notable - Talton has handed out 23 assists against just five turnovers on the season, an assist/turnover ratio of 4.6.
Crittle, a first-year transfer from UCF, has posted three double-digit scoring efforts on the season, and enters this week's slate of games as the Flames' second-leading rebounder (5.6 rpg). He is shooting nearly 44 percent (.435) from the field and has made 27 trips to the free throw line (5.4 attempts per game).
UIC has won three-straight games for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign. The Flames' 4-1 start to the season marks its best start to a campaign since 2003-04, when UIC jumped out of the gate with a 6-1 mark. UIC will play its first true road game of the season on Tuesday (Nov. 27), when the Flames travel to DeKalb, Ill., to take on Northern Illinois beginning at 7:00 p.m. CST.