Flames Eye Fifth-Straight Win; Travel to Northwestern Saturday

Junior forward Hayden Humes
Junior forward Hayden Humes

Nov. 30, 2012

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Game #7: UIC Flames (5-1) at Northwestern Wildcats (6-1)
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 • Welsh-Ryan Arena (Evanston, Ill.) • 1:00 p.m.
Radio: UIC Flames Radio Network (WMVP-AM 1000) (Dave Juday/Kenny Williams/Jonathan Hood)
Television: Comcast SportsNet Chicago (Wayne Larrivee/Shon Morris)
Television Note: Game will air on tape delay beginning at 7:00 p.m. CST
UIC Head Coach: Howard Moore • Record at UIC/Overall as Head Coach: 20-47 (3rd season)
UIC Athletic Communications Contact: Brett McWethy • Office Phone: 312.996.5880
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#4 Gary Talton • PG
The Horizon League Co-Player of the Week (first-career weekly honor). Has scored in double figures in all six games this season. Scored 10 points and dished out five assists against just one turnover at NIU. Member of the 2012 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team after scoring 13.2 ppg in League play. \

#1 Daniel Barnes • SG
Has made a team-high 15 three-point field goals this season, an average of 2.5 threes per game. From the shooting guard position, has corralled eight rebounds in two-of the past three games. Chipped in 11 points on three triples at NIU. Scored a team second-best 10.4 points per game last season.

#10 Marc Brown • SF/W
Has played 30-plus minutes in each of the past three games, including a season-high 34 minutes at NIU. Shooting 83.3 percent (15-18) from the free throw line. 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
UIC's leading scorer and rebounder. Shooting 51.7 percent (31-60) from the field, and 51.9 percent (14-27) from three. Scored a game-high 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting at NIU. Dating back to the 2011-12 campaign, has posted double-digit scoring outputs in 13-of the last 16 games, including five times this season.

#34 Josh Crittle • C
The Horizon League Newcomer of the Week (first-career weekly honor). Scored 10 points and handed out five assists against zero turnovers at NIU. Enters Saturday's game as the Flames' second-leading rebounder. Played in all 31 games for UCF last season, garnering 25 starts. Transferred to UIC in September.

Saturday's matinee marks the first meeting between UIC and Northwestern since the 2005-06 season. The all-time series is tied, 3-3. Dating back to the 2002-03 campaign, UIC has won three-straight games over the Wildcats by an average of 15.0 points per game. The last time UIC visited Welsh-Ryan Arena (12/14/05), it came away with a 71-62 win behind Justin Bowen's22 points and 11 rebounds.

Setting the Scene
The UIC men's basketball team will look to capture its fifth-straight win Saturday, when the Flames take on in-state rival Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena beginning at 1:00 p.m. CST. UIC will be playing its second road game in the past five days.

What's Trending?
• In the past four games, senior point guard Gary Talton has dished out 17 assists versus four turnovers. He has not committed more than one turnover in any single game since Nov. 16 against New Mexico.
• Talton has handed out at least four assists in four games, including five on Tuesday night at Northern Illinois.
• Talton is the only UIC player to have scored in double figures in all six games.
• Three days after converting just one field goal against Southeast Missouri (11/24/12), junior forward Hayden Humes made 7-of-8 shots (18 points) from the field in the Flames' 58-46 win at NIU. Humes did not miss a two-point field goal attempt (5-5), and was 2-for-3 from three-point range.
• Humes has tallied double-digit scoring outputs in five-of UIC's six games this season.
• Senior guard Daniel Barnes has corralled eight rebounds in two-of the past three games, including in Tuesday night's game at NIU. Barnes has led the Flames in rebounding a team-high three times this season.
• Over the past three games, Barnes is averaging 12.3 points and 5.7 rebounds. He has made at least a trio of three-pointers in three individual games.
• Senior center Josh Crittlehas posted three-consecutive double-digit scoring efforts, averaging 13.3 points, 7.3 points and 3.0 assists per game during the stretch.

• Humes (14.3 ppg), Talton (13.8), Barnes (11.5) and Crittle (11.0) are all averaging double figures in scoring.
• UIC is averaging 65.5 points per game, and giving up just 52.0 points per contest, a scoring margin of +13.5.
• The Flames are converting 8.0 three-point field goals per outing.

2012-13 Season Snapshot
• Junior forward Hayden Humes leads the Flames in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, respectively. He is also shooting a team-best 51.7 percent from the field and a Horizon League second-best 51.9 percent from three-point range.
• Senior point guard Gary Talton leads UIC in both assists (28) and steals (11). Talton enters Saturday's game ranked second in the Horizon League in assists per game (4.7) and first overall in assist/turnover ratio (4.7).
• Humes (13.8 ppg; 10th), Talton (13.2; 14th) and senior center Josh Crittle (11.2; 20th) all rank in the Horizon League's top-20 in scoring.
• UIC returns four starters from the 2011-12 team, including four-of its top five scorers. Overall, the Flames bring back 65 percent of their scoring from last season.
• UIC leads the Horizon League in scoring defense (54.3 ppg) and defensive field goal percentage (.368). The Flames also rank second in scoring margin (+9.0), three-point field goal percentage (.377) and three-point field goal defense (.255). The Flames currently rank ninth in field goal percentage, at a 39.0 percent clip.
• During the 2012-13 season, UIC will play at least 14 games this season against teams that made appearances in the 2012 postseason, including four NCAA Tournament foes.

UIC vs. Northern Illinois Recap
Junior forward Hayden Humespoured in a game-high 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting and the Flames stifled host Northern Illinois to just 32.7 percent shooting, leading to a 58-46 win over the Huskies at the Convocation Center Tuesday night. The victory extended the Flames' winning streak to four games.

Joining Humes in double figures were the Flames' three senior starters - guard Daniel Barnes (11), point guard Gary Talton (10) and center Josh Crittle(10). Talton also dished out five assists against just one turnover, while Barnes pulled down a game and career-high tying eight rebounds.

With the win, UIC improved to 5-1 overall, its best start to a campaign since 2003-04, when UIC jumped out of the gate with a 6-1 mark. UIC has now held three opponents under 50 points this season, and four to less than 35 percent shooting from the field.

Talton, Crittle Receive Weekly Horizon League Honors
Senior point guard Gary Talton has been named the Horizon League Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week, while senior center Josh Crittlewas 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.

Crittle averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting nearly 48 percent (.476) from the field. 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, the first-year transfer from UCF produced his first-career double-double, scoring a career-high 17 points and corralling a career-best 12 boards.

Giving Thanks for the Early Success
With its win over Northern Illinois on Tuesday, UIC secured its fifth win during the month of November, the most for a UIC team in the opening month of the season since the 2003-04 campaign, when the Flames also went 5-1 in November. That team finished the season with a 24-8 record (12-4 Horizon) and made UIC's last NCAA Tournament appearance.

Running the Show
Senior point guard Gary Taltontallied his 27th career double-digit scoring output (10 points) Tuesday night at NIU, but his efficiency in running the offense has been even more impressive early this season. Talton has dished out 28 assists against just six turnovers, a Horizon League-best assist/turnover ratio of 4.7. For his two-year career, Talton has produced a 1.4 assist/turnover ratio, with 127 assists versus 88 turnovers.

Gettin' Defensive
UIC's stingy defensive effort has certainly been notable early this season, and been a key factor in the Flames' five wins. The Flames are holding their opponents to just a 36.8 percent effort from the field, and a 25.5 percent output from three-point range. Along with limiting the opposition to just 54.3 points per game, UIC has also forced its foes into an average of 14.0 turnovers per game.

For the first time since the 2004-05 season, UIC has held four opponents under 35 percent shooting from the field, and three foes to less than 50 total points. Additionally, the Flames have limited three opponents to just 19 total field goals. UIC held Mercer (11/17/12) to just 36 points in the second round of the US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, the lowest scoring output for an opponent since the Flames joined the Division I ranks prior to the 1981-82 season.

Point `N Shoot
Junior forward Hayden Humesis off to a hot start through UIC's first six games. The Valparaiso, Ind., native is shooting 51.7 percent (31-60) from the field, and 51.9 percent (14-27) from three-point range. Humes has led UIC in scoring in four-of the last five games, including a game-high 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting at Northern Illinois.

Dating back to last season, Humes has posted double-digit scoring outputs in 13-of the last 16 games, including in eight-of the last nine contests.

Shooting from Distance
UIC has converted at least eight three-pointers in four-of its six 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. Senior guard Daniel Barnes has hit a team-high 15 threes on the season, while junior forward Hayden Humes has converted 14, and sophomore guard Joey Miller and senior point guard Gary Taltonhave both drilled eight three-point field goals entering Saturday's game at Northwestern.

All About Balance
The Flames may have found the recipe that will help them turn the corner this season: offensive balance. In all six 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 three individual contests. The main staple has been senior point guard Gary Talton, who has posted double-digit scoring outputs in each of the Flames' games. Junior forward Hayden Humeshas scored in double figures in five-of UIC's six contests.

Scouting the Wildcats
Northwestern is off to a 6-1 start - the Wildcats rolled off six-straight wins to begin the season, before dropping a 77-57 decision versus Maryland on Tuesday night as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Wildcats are being led in scoring by senior guard Reggie Hearn, who is averaging 14.4 points per game while shooting nearly 57 percent (.569) from the field. Naperville native Drew Crawford is scoring 13.1 ppg, while Jared Swopshire (10.9) and Dave Sobolewski (10.7) are both averaging double figures in scoring heading into Saturday's game. The Wildcats are averaging 70.4 points per game while surrendering just 56.7 points per contest.

Big Ten Flashback
Against Northwestern, UIC will be playing its second Big Ten Conference opponent under third-year head coach Howard Moore. The first meeting was a memorable day in Flames Basketball history. On Dec. 18, 2010, the Flames upset No. 12/14 Illinois at the United Center, 57-54, behind Robo Kreps' game-high 15 points. The victory marked UIC's first over the Fighting Illini since the 1990-91 season, and tied for the Flames' biggest win over a ranked opponent in the program's history.

Looking Ahead
UIC will kick off a three-game homestand next Wednesday (Dec. 5), when the Flames host Roosevelt University at the Pavilion beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Flames will also entertain Colorado State (Dec. 8) and Eastern Michigan (Dec. 15) on the homestand.

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.

This Weekend in the Horizon League
Saturday, Dec. 1
• Youngstown State at Bowling Green, 1:00 p.m. CST
• UIC at Northwestern, 1:00 p.m. CST
• Toledo at Cleveland State, 1:00 p.m. CST
• Morehead State at Wright State, 1:00 p.m. CST
• Furman at Loyola, 2:00 p.m. CST
• Green Bay at Virginia, 3:00 p.m. CST
• Detroit at Pittsburgh, 6:00 p.m. CST
• Milwaukee at Northern Iowa, 7:00 p.m. CST

Sunday, Dec. 2
• Valparaiso at Saint Louis, 3:30 p.m.