CHICAGO (AP) — Gary Talton’s basket with 3.8 seconds to play gave Illinois-Chicago a 57-56 victory over Western Illinois Monday night.
Talton scored the Flames’ last eight points and finished with 15. Daniel Barnes scored a career-high 22 points for the Flames (4-7), who outscored Western Illinois 10-1 in the final 1:55.
Darrin Williams added 13 points for UIC, which shot 55 percent in the first half and led by 13 at one point before Western Illinois cut the margin to 32-26 at the break.
Ceola Clark led the Leathernecks (4-4) with 17 points. Terell Parks had 14 points and nine rebounds but was 4 of 10 from the free-throw line and missed a pair with 40 seconds to play. Western shot 48 percent from the foul line while UIC made 56 percent.
It was UIC’s ninth straight win in the series between the schools, playing for the first time since 1997-98.