Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Josh Crittle scored 17 points and recorded his first career double-double to lead the Illinois-Chicago Flames to a win over the SE Missouri State Redhawks, 56-45, at UIC Pavilion.
Crittle shot 7-of-13 from the field and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Flames (4-1). Gary Talton scored 14 points while Daniel Barnes added 10. Hayden Humes struggled from the floor, shooting only 1-of-11, but matched Crittle with 12 boards.
Corey Wilford led the Redhawks (3-4) with 15 points. Tyler Stone also finished in double figures with 14, but shot just 6-of-19 from the field. Nine Johnson had a team-high 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Redhawks led by seven early on but were unable to hold onto their advantage, allowing UIC to claim a 28-25 edge at the break. The Flames shot only 3-of-11 beyond the arc in the first half, as well as 1-of-3 at the free- throw line.
The poor shooting continued on both sides, but the Flames were able to get to the foul line 12 more times than the Redhawks in the second half and that proved to be key as the hosts outscored SEMO 11-3 at the charity stripe in the period.
The first ever meeting between the two schools, the Flames survived despite shooting a meager 28.8 percent from the floor and 6-of-24 behind the three- point line.