Flames Return Home to Face Western Illinois Monday Night

Dec. 18, 2011

UIC (3-7) vs. Western Illinois (4-3)
 Date Monday, December 19, 2011
 Time 7:30 p.m. CST (DH)
 Location Chicago, Ill. | UIC PAVILION (8,000)

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► UIC will look to capture its third-straight home win Monday, when the Flames entertain in-state foe Western Illinois in a non-conference battle at the UIC Pavilion. The Flames are coming off a 70-67 road loss at Central Michigan last Friday, while Western Illinois has been idle since December 10, when the Leathernecks posted a 64-48 win over visiting Eastern Illinois.

► The Flames and Leathernecks will be going head-to-head for the first time since the 1997-98 season (12/4/97), which ended in UIC's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. UIC has won eight-straight over Western Illinois in the all-time series.

► UIC head coach Howard Moore and associate head coach Al Biancalanabroke into the Division I ranks by serving a combined six seasons (1999-2002) as assistant coaches under Western Illinois mentor Jim Molinari during his tenure as the head coach at Bradley.

► UIC is 3-1 at home this season, with wins over Roosevelt University, Evansville and Northern Illinois.

► NEXT UP: UIC will wrap up the scheduled portion of its non-conference season on Friday (Dec. 23), when the Flames travel to Dayton, Ohio to take on the Dayton Flyers. UD is 7-3 on the season, with a 4-1 record at home.

UIC: Howard Moore(Wisconsin, '95) is in his second season as the head coach at UIC, where he has compiled a 10-31 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).

Western Illinois: Jim Molinari is in his fourth season as the head coach at Western Illinois. For 11 seasons, from 1991-2002, Molinari was the head coach at Bradley University, where he amassed a 174-152 record and guided the Braves to the postseason six times - five National Invitation Tournament appearances and the 1996 NCAA Tournament. From 1989-91, he was the head coach at Northern Illinois, where he posted a record of 42-17.

» Junior forward Terell Parks leads the Leathernecks with three double-doubles this season, and is averaging 10.0 rebounds per game.
» Senior point guard Ceola Clark III has dished out 31 assists against just 15 turnovers this season (2.1 assist/turnover ratio).
» Western Illinois played its last three games at home, and will return home for contests against North Dakota (Dec. 22) and Eureka College (Dec. 27) after playing the Flames. The Leathernecks have already taken on North Dakota once this season (Nov. 26), tallying a 65-62 road win.
» Sophomore guard Billy Molinari, head coach Jim Molinari's son, suffered a season-ending knee injury in WIU's second game of the season at Michigan on November 17.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Junior guard Daniel Barnesscored a career-high 20 points to lead three Flames in double figures, but the UIC men's basketball team came up just short in a 70-67 decision versus Central Michigan at McGuirk Arena last Friday.

Barnes' scoring output was fueled by four three-pointers, and a career-best seven field goals. He was joined in double figures by sophomore transfer Hayden Humes, who chipped in 16 points. Senior center Darrin Williamsalso scored 13 points, 10 in the first half, and corralled a game-high nine rebounds. CMU was led by Andre Coimbra, who poured in a game-high 22 points on nine field goals.

UIC held a 67-66 lead with just 53 seconds remaining, but CMU scored the game's final four points, including a pair of free throws by Austin McBroom with 2.7 seconds left. Barnes' potential game-tying three-pointer on the ensuing possession came up short, preserving the Chippewas' comeback win.

POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: UIC shot 46.8 percent from the field, the Flames' second-most efficient offensive effort of the season ... For the second-consecutive game, UIC recorded its season-best output from the free throw line, going 15-for-20 (.750) ... CMU countered with a 53.8 shooting percentage ... The Flames decisively out-rebounded Central, 32-21, including 11 offensive rebounds that led to 13 second-chance points ... For the second time in the past three games, UIC had three-of its starters score in double figures ... There were a combined 27 ties and lead changes in the game, including 13 in a 9:37 span between the 15:13 and 5:50 marks of the second half ... Daniel Barnes (39), Hayden Humes (38), Darrin Williams (30) and Marc Brown(30) all played at least 30 minutes in the game ... UIC was called for two "flagrant 1" fouls, which led to three converted free throws and two extra offensive possessions for the Chippewas ... UIC's bench was whistled for a technical foul with 10:04 remaining in the second half.

Junior guard Daniel Barnes, who earned an extra year of eligibility after sitting out last season as a medical redshirt, has emerged as one of UIC's leaders, and one of the most explosive scorers in the Horizon League. The co-captain from Oak Park has tallied six double-digit scoring outputs, including 17 or more points on three occasions. Barnes has also drilled a Horizon League second-best 23 three-pointers (2.3 per game). He has made three or more treys in four individual games this season.

Senior center Darrin Williamsenters Monday's game versus Western Illinois as the Flames' leading rebounder (6.7 rpg), and as of late, has been particularly aggressive on the boards. Over the past four games, Williams is averaging 7.8 rebounds per outing, including three efforts with eight or more rebounds. Williams has also recorded five double-digit scoring outputs on the season, and ranks second in the Horizon League in field goal percentage (.582).

Sophomore transfer Hayden Humeshas emerged as one of the most efficient scorers in the Horizon League. The Valparaiso, Ind., native leads the League in three-point field goal percentage (.519) from the power forward position, and is also shooting a team second-best 74.1 percent from the free throw line. Humes, who has posted a team-best two double-digit rebounding efforts and scored in double figures three times, earned immediate eligibility at UIC this season after Toledo's (his former school) scholarships were reduced due to its Academic Progress Rate.

While UIC is shooting just 62.4 percent from the free throw line as a team, in the past three games, the Flames have been coming up clutch from the charity stripe. UIC has recorded its best two efforts from the free throw line in each of the past two games, and against Northern Illinois (12/10/11), the Flames went 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in the final 38 seconds to preserve a seven-point (62-55) win.

UIC's men's basketball team has seen no shortage of nail biters this season, playing a total of five games decided by five points or less. UIC is just 1-4 in those contests, but had a chance to either tie or win the game with a last-second shot in road games at Green Bay (12/1/11), Milwaukee (12/3/11) and Central Michigan (12/16/11). Additionally, the Flames have held second-half leads in five-of their seven losses this season.

Through the first 10 games of the season, UIC has enjoyed a balanced scoring attack. Seven players are averaging at least seven points per game, including four newcomers, and two freshmen. Junior guard Daniel Barnesenters Monday's game versus Western Illinois as the Flames' top scorer, with 10.6 points per outing. Notably, UIC has seen six players lead the Flames in scoring, and five individuals pace the team in rebounding.

UIC enters Monday's game against the Leathernecks as the Horizon League's leader in both rebounding margin (+5.4) and offensive rebounding (14.9 rpg). The Flames have out-rebounded eight-of their 10 opponents this season.

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. For a chart of the youngest teams in NCAA Division I basketball this season, see page 4.