Men's Hoops Opens Horizon League Play at Green Bay Thursday

Nov. 30, 2011

UIC (2-3) at Green Bay (2-4)
 Date Thursday, Dec. 1
 Time 7:00 p.m. CST
 Location Green Bay, Wis. | Resch Center
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► UIC will look to capture its first road win at the Resch Center since the 2003-04 campaign, when the Flames travel to Green Bay, Wis., to take on the Phoenix in the Horizon League opener Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. CST. UIC (2-3) is coming off last Saturday's 82-67 setback at Toledo. Green Bay is 2-4 on the season, and has dropped two-consecutive non-conference road games.

► Since joining the Horizon League prior to the 2001-02 season, UIC owns a 6-4 record in conference openers. The last time UIC opened the league slate against Green Bay was during the 2002-03 campaign, with the Flames picking up a 78-71 win.

► Green Bay leads the all-time series against UIC, 47-35. Since 2004-05, the Phoenix has controlled the match-up, winning 11 out of the last 15 contests.

► The Flames' last Horizon League road victory was on Feb. 15, 2009, when UIC defeated Valparaiso at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

► NEXT UP: UIC will play its second Horizon League contest on Saturday (Dec. 3), when the Flames travel to Milwaukee to take on the Panthers at U.S. Cellular Arena beginning at 1 p.m. CST. Milwaukee is 5-1 on the season, and coming off last Saturday's 59-54 road win at Arkansas-Little Rock.

THE COACHES UIC: Howard Moore(Wisconsin, '95) is in his second season as the head coach at UIC, where he has compiled a 9-27 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).

Green Bay: Brian Wardle is in his second season as the head coach at Green Bay. From 2005-10, Wardle served as an assistant coach for the Phoenix. The Willowbrook, Ill., native was the youngest coach in the NCAA Division I ranks upon his hiring in April 2010.

» Green Bay completed the 2010-11 campaign with a 14-18 record (8-10 Horizon), finishing seventh in the Horizon League.
» The Phoenix enter Thursday's contest with a 2-4 record, after dropping back-to-back non-conference road decisions at Indiana State (57-56 on Nov. 21) and Virginia (68-42 on Nov. 25).
» Green Bay is being led in both scoring and rebounding by preseason All-Horizon League selection Alec Brown, who is averaging 13.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
» Senior guard Steve Baker has started all six contests, and is averaging 9.3 points per contest. Keifer Sykes, the first freshman to begin the season as Green Bay's starting point guard since 2007, has dished out a team-high 11 assists on the season.

TOLEDO, Ohio - Sophomore transfer Hayden Humes recorded his first double-double of the season, and junior college transfer Gary Taltonadded 10 points, but Toledo jumped out to a 22-5 lead, and held off a second-half rally to defeat the UIC men's basketball team, 82-67, last Saturday at Savage Arena.

Humes, who completed his first season of college eligibility at Toledo, scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Talton's scoring output came on five field goals - he also dished out four assists versus two turnovers. Toledo was led by Green Bay transfer Rian Pearson, who poured in 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting. He was joined in double figures by Julius Brown, who scored 17 points.

UIC out-scored the Rockets 42-37 in the second half, but fell behind 20 points (45-25) at halftime. The Flames' bench totaled 42 points, as four freshmen tallied their season-highs in minutes played. During the second half, head coach Howard Mooreplayed a combination of four freshmen for the majority of the stanza.

POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: UIC converted a season-high 27 field goals in the game ... The Flames also recorded team season-highs in rebounds (47), turnovers (25) and personal fouls (32) ... Toledo's 82 points was the most for a UIC opponent this season ... The Rockets made 45 trips to the free throw line, while the Flames attempted a season-low nine free throws ... UIC out-scored Toledo in the second half, 42-37 ... The Flames' bench out-scored Toledo's reserves, 42-21 ... Toledo transfer Hayden Humes corralled a season-high 10 rebounds, en route to his first double-double of the season (11 points, 10 rebounds) ... Junior guard Gary Talton recorded his second double-digit scoring effort of the season with 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting ... Freshman guard Jerome Brown came off the bench to score a season-high nine points on three three-pointers ... Freshman center Will Simontonplayed a season-high 20 minutes off the bench, recording season-bests in both points (4) and rebounds (8) ... UIC had its five-game winning streak against Toledo ended with the loss.

In last season's initial meeting between UIC and Green Bay (1/15/11), Paul Carter posted his seventh double-double of the season, but the Flames fell behind by double-digits mid-way through the first half and never recovered, dropping a 74-50 decision at the Resch Center. Brad Birtonjoined Carter in double figures, chipping in 12 points to go along with nine rebounds, including six offensive boards. Green Bay was led by Rahmon Fletcher, who poured in a game-high 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Bryquis Perine (16) and Alec Brown (11) also tallied double-digit scoring outputs.

In the return game at the UIC Pavilion (2/10/11), Robo Kreps hit a driving runner as time expired in overtime, securing a two-point (63-61) win for the Flames. Kreps scored 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while Paul Carterended the night with a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds, including four points in overtime. Green Bay was led by Alec Brown, who scored 14 points - he was joined in double figures by Jarvis Williams, who chipped in 13 points. The Flames held guards Rahmon Fletcher (9) and Bryquis Perine (8) to a combined 17 points.

UIC begins its 11th season of Horizon League play Thursday, when the Flames kick-off the conference slate at Green Bay. The Flames have compiled a record of 76-92 (.452) in league games over that span, and achieved a winning record in both the 2002-03 (12-4) and 2003-04 (12-4) seasons. UIC's best regular season Horizon League finish was in 2003-04, when the Flames finished second, just one game behind first-place Milwaukee. The Flames went on to capture the 2004 Horizon League Tournament Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament. UIC will look to break a three-year streak of losing records in Horizon League play this season. Prior to becoming a full-time member of the Horizon League, UIC served membership stints in the MCC (1994-2001) and Mid-Continent Conference (1982-94).

Through the first five games of the season, UIC has enjoyed a balanced scoring attack. Seven players are averaging at least seven points per game, including three freshmen and five total newcomers. Senior center Darrin Williamscontinues to be the Flames' leading scorer, with 9.2 points per contest.

UIC's point guard duo of freshman Greg Travis and junior college transfer Gary Taltonhas made a fairly seamless transition to college basketball. Travis has started the past four games and currently ranks second on the team in scoring (9.0 ppg), while Talton ranks eighth in the Horizon League in assists per game (3.0), and fifth overall in assist/turnover ratio (1.5). The duo played a combined 14:55 on the court together in last Saturday's loss at Toledo.

Down the stretch of the month of November, sophomore transfer Hayden Humesenjoyed a pair of breakout offensive performances. In the Flames' contests against Evansville (11/23/11) and Toledo (11/26/11), Humes averaged a combined 14.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game on a 56.3 percent effort from the field (9-of-16), including six three-pointers. In the win over the Purple Aces, Humes scored a season-high 18 points, including three treys, and in his return to Toledo, he tallied his first double-double of the season with 11 points and a season-best 10 rebounds. Humes currently ranks second in the Horizon League in both free throw (.917) and three-point percentage (.545).

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 Carter saw 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.