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UNI Men Fall to U-I-C, 84-77

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IRVINE, CA (KWWL)-- Center Jordan Eglseder had a double-double with 23 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, and guard Ali Farokhmanesh added a career-best 20 points, but it was not enough as the Illinois-Chicago men's basketball team posted an 84-77 win over the University of Northern Iowa tonight at UIC Pavilion.
 
Eglseder, coming off the bench for the second straight game, connected on 10-of-13 shots from the field and made all four of his free throws.  Four of his 10 rebounds were offensive, and he also added a block and a steal.  Farokhmanesh drained a career-best six three-pointers on the night, several of them from well beyond the arc.  Adam Koch had a solid all-around game with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.  Illinois-Chicago was led by guard Josh Mayo who racked up 27 points and added six assists.
 
A Johnny Moran three-pointer gave UNI an early 5-2 lead, but UIC reeled of seven straight points - six of them by Mayo - to go in front 12-5 less than four minutes in.  After the first media timeout, UNI responded with an Eglseder layup, a three-pointer from Farokhmanesh and a short jumper from Moran to pull the Panthers even at 12-all.
 
UIC built its lead back to 19-14, but the Panthers were able to tie the score again, this time at 21, on a Kwadzo Ahelegbe jumper with 7:45 left in the first half.  Trailing 25-24, Eglseder and Ahelegbe scored back-to-back baskets to give UNI a 28-25 lead, but UIC immediately tied it on a Robo Kreps trey.  Ahelegbe gave the Panthers a 33-31 lead at halftime, draining a pull-up three from the right wing as the first-half horn sounded.
 
Farokhmanesh canned a three right just nine seconds into the second half, to give the Panthers their largest lead, 36-31, and UNI held a 41-36 advantage with 18:02 left.  UIC scored seven straight to pull in front 43-41, but Eglseder hit a layup to tie the score once again.
 
Leading 46-45 with 14:02 left in the game, UIC then went on the game's decisive run, scoring 15 straight points over the next six minutes to extend its lead to 61-45.  UNI missed all six of its shots and had four turnovers during that stretch.  The Flames held a double-digit lead the next five minutes, and were in front 76-63 with two minutes left, when the Panthers made a late run.
 
UIC center Scott VanderMeer fouled Kerwin Dunham on a three-point attempt with 1:56 left, and also was whistled for a technical foul.  UNI made all five free throws to pull within 76-68.  Farokhmanesh drained two straight triples, sandwiched around three UIC free throws, to pull the Panthers within five, 79-74, with 53 seconds left.  But that was as close as the game would get, as UIC sealed the game at the free throw line.
 
UNI shot 48 percent from the field, 8-for-26 (31 percent) on three-pointers, and was 17-for-19 at the free throw line.  UIC made 50 percent of its shots and was a sizzling 10-for-16 (63 percent) on three-pointers, while making 22-of-26 from the charity stripe.
 
Illinois-Chicago improves to 1-1 on the season, while UNI falls to 1-1.  The Panthers return home to play host to Texas Southern on Sunday (Nov. 23), with tipoff from the McLeod Center set for 4:05 pm.
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