Illinois

Illinois Falls In Close Game To UIC

Demetri McCamey

Demetri McCamey (photo credit: AP)

(WSCR) – Illinois and UIC finished the first half tied and kept the remainder of the game head-to-head. UIC took the win by a mere three points, snapping Illinois’ seven-game winning streak.

CHICAGO (AP) — Darrin Williams scored five points in the final 1:10 Saturday and Illinois-Chicago rallied from an eight-point second-half deficit to stun No. 12 Illinois 57-54, ending the Illini’s seven-game winning streak.

After a sluggish start, Illinois (10-2) used a 12-0 run to build a 49-41 lead with 7:30 to go and appeared in control.

But the Flames (5-7), who led for a good portion of the game, weren’t about to go away in the United Center.

Illinois had won 12 of the 13 previous meetings with the Flames. And the Illini were more than comfortable at the United Center, posting a 32-9 record there dating to 1994-95.

Demetri McCamey led Illinois with 16 points.

Robo Kreps had 15 points for the Flames, who ended a four-game losing streak under first-year coach Howard Moore. Three of losses were by two points.

The Illini shot 32.7 percent, struggling against UIC’s 1-3-1 zone.

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