CHICAGO — Oakland used an 13-3 run late in the second half Sunday to pull away from UIC for a 74-63 victory. It wasn’t easy, but the Golden Grizzlies retained control of their own destiny for the No. 2 seed in the Horizon League Tournament.
Dixson will shatter the Horizon League freshman scoring record. With his first point of the afternoon, Dixson set a new single-season scoring record for a Horizon League freshman. The 6-foot-7 forward finished with a game-high 24 points.
With two more regular season games plus the Horizon League Tournament, Dixson will leave former record holder Mark Miller, a UIC alum, in the dust.
Felder got four fouls, but UIC (5-22, 3-13 Horizon) did not take advantage. The likely Horizon League Player of the Year got whistled for his fourth personal with 13:23 remaining in the second half. Oakland held a 57-48 lead at that point.
Coach Greg Kampe sat his 5-foot-9 point guard for the next five minutes. When Felder returned with under nine minutes remaining, UIC had made only a dent in Oakland’s lead and trailed 61-55.
But the Flames made a push after Felder returned. Oakland’s offense ran smoothly when Felder returned, but the Golden Grizzlies left the door open by missing five straight free throws in three-minute span.
During that time, UIC cut Oakland’s lead to 61-60.
Felder eventually fouled out with 2:31 remaining and Oakland (20-10, 12-5) holding a 68-62 lead. He finished with 20 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
Percy Gibson struggled on offense, but Jalen Hayes did enough work for both of them in the post. Gibson, who had scored in double figures in three straight games, finished with two points. He shot 1-of-8 from the field and missed and both of his free throws. He also committed a trio of turnovers.
Defensively, however, Gibson did a fantastic job on UIC center Tai Odiase, who finished with five points on 2-of-11 shooting. Gibson blocked six shots, three of which came on shots by Odiase.
Hayes picked up the slack on offense, recording 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting. The 6-foot-7 sophomore also grabbed 13 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season.
Julian Torres continues to come on strong late in his freshman season. Despite botching an open dunk, Torres had the best game of his young career with 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting.
The 6-foot-9 center also played terrific defense on Gibson and forced two travels and an offensive foul in a two-minute stretch.
Senior day. Forward Jake Wiegand and guard Gabe Snider went unnoticeable in their final game at UIC Pavilion. Wiegand had two points and four rebounds in five minutes of action. Snider had three assists in 21 minutes, but the 3-point specialist missed all three of his attempts from long range.