Ill.-Chicago 82, Evansville 80

Robo Kreps scored 28 points, including the game-winner with 4.4

seconds to play, and Illinois-Chicago defeated Evansville 82-80

Saturday night.

Kreps’ basket gave the Flames (7-20) their only second-half lead

in the BracketBusters game. They rallied from a 14-point

deficit

Spencer Stewart had 20 points and a game-high seven rebounds for

Illinois-Chicago, and Jeremy Buttell added 12 points.

Four players were in double figures for the Aces (7-20). Clint

Hopf had a career-high 18 points. James Haarsma scored 17, Colt

Ryan 16 and Denver Holmes had 12.

Evansville led 40-36 at halftime and after Stewart made a

3-pointer to start the half for UIC, the Aces ran off 15 of the

next 17 points for a 55-41 lead with 15:48 to play. The Flames got

back in it with a 12-2 run and finally pulled even at 80 in the

final two minutes before Kreps’ winning basket.