Late Three-Pointer Lifts UIC Past Penguins, 65-60
Chicago, Ill. -- In a game that featured 15 lead changes and 12 ties, it was UIC's Gary Talton's 3-pointer with 17 seconds remaining that lifted the Flames past the Youngstown State men's basketball team, 65-60, on Wednesday evening at the UIC Pavilion.
Four Penguins scored in double figures led by Kendrick Perry's 19 points and nine rebounds. Senior Blake Allen recorded the second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds while junior Kamren Belin scored 11 points and sophomore DJ Cole added 10.
The Penguins fall to 8-6 overall and 0-1 in the Horizon League while the Flames improve to 10-4 and 1-0 in the league.
Allen hit a 3-pointer a 3-pointer with 1:31 left that gave the Penguins a 60-59 lead - their final one of the game. After UIC's Daniel Barnes missed 3-point attempt was corralled by Cole, Perry stepped on the mid-court stripe for a back-court violation with just 48 seconds left and gave the ball back to the Flames.
Belin blocked Talton's layup attempt to tie the game out of bounds and a defensive breakdown on the Flames' next possession left Talton open for the game-winner.
Talton's triple put the Flames up 62-60 and Perry's 3-point attempt with three seconds left was just short. Talton sealed the game by making 3-of-4 from the free-throw line.
Youngstown State's largest lead was just eight points, 16-8, midway through the first half, and UIC's biggest advantage was six, 39-33, at the 15:41 mark of the second.
For the game, YSU shot 37 percent from the floor making 20-of-54 attempts. UIC connected on 40.4 percent converting 23-of-57 shots from the field. The Guins made seven 3-pointers in the contest. The Flames outrebounded YSU 42-33.
The Flames took a tied game at halftime and scored 10 of the first 14 points of the half to take their largest lead of the game.
Two free throws by Cole, a dunk by Perry and a 3-pointer by Allen gave the Penguins their first lead of the second half, 41-40, with 13:59 to go.
Cole's old-fashioned three-point play midway through the second half gave the Penguins their largest second-half advantage, 47-44.
Daniel Barnes, though, hit back-to-back 3's to recapture the lead for the Flames, 50-47, with 7:56 left.
Perry nailed a 3-pointer to give the Penguins a 57-55 lead with 3:27 to go, but Talton's layup at the 2:33 mark tied the game up for the 12th time.
UIC's Josh Crittle hit two free throws before Allen hit a 3-pointer for YSU's final points.
The Penguins made six of their first 12 field-goal attempts of the game and jumped out to a 16-8 lead just seven minutes into the game.
Over the next six minutes, UIC outscored the Penguins, 13-5 to tie the game at 21-21.
The Penguins made just three of their final 13 field-goal attempts and their last made field goal was a layup by Perry at the 5:51 mark in the opening half.
The Penguins visit Loyola, Saturday, Jan. 5, at 4 p.m. at the Gentile Center.