Ottey free throws lift UIC past Cleveland St. 64-62

CLEVELAND (AP) — Marcus Ottey sank two free throws in the final seconds to give Illinois-Chicago the edge over Cleveland State 64-62 on Saturday.

UIC trailed 62-59 late in the game when Ottey drained a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left to tie it up, 62-all. Later, Ottey was fouled by Cleveland State’s Tre Gomillion and made both of his free throws for the winning margin with two seconds left.

Tarkus Ferguson had 20 points to lead the Flames (11-13, 6-5 Horizon League). Ottey finished with 15 points and Michael Diggins added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Craig Beaudion had 12 points and six assists for the Vikings (9-15, 5-6). Algevon Eichelberger added 10 points and seven rebounds. Franklyn Penn Jr. had 10 points.

The Flames improve to 2-0 against the Vikings this season. Illinois-Chicago defeated Cleveland State 71-66 on Dec. 28.

Illinois-Chicago plays Milwaukee at home on Thursday. Cleveland State plays Youngstown State on the road next Saturday.


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