CHICAGO (AP) D’Juan Miller converted a pair of free throws with :13 left to preserve Illinois-Chicago’s 67-64 win over Western Michigan Monday night.
Down by nine with under three minutes to play, the Leathernecks (0-2) reeled off a 10-2 run to make it a one-point game with :20 left, 65-64. Jamie Batish missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer to tie.
Jake Wiegand scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Chicago (1-1). Paris Burns added 13 points for the Flames, who converted 24 of 29 attempts from the free throw line.
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J.C. Fuller came off the Western Illinois bench to score 14 points, the only Leatherneck to reach double figures.
Western Illinois was 24 of 62 (38.7 percent) from the floor and 9 of 27 from three-point range (33.3 percent), but got to the free throw line for just 10 attempts.