YSU drops conference opener in final minute

CHICAGO – Gary Talton drilled a go-ahead 3-pointer with 17 seconds remaining and made three free throws to protect the lead as UIC defeated Youngstown State 65-60 on Wednesday night.

Talton missed the second of two free throws with less than 2 seconds remaining and Kamren Belin rebounded it for Youngstown State, which promptly called a timeout.

Belin heaved the inbounds pass down the court, but it sailed past everyone and went out of bounds. Talton was fouled on the Flames’ inbounds pass and made both foul shots.

Talton had 19 points, and Hayden Humes scored 15 for the Flames (10-4, 1-0 Horizon League), who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Kendrick Perry scored 19 points and Blake Allen registered 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Penguins (8-6, 0-1). Allen’s 3-pointer gave Youngstown State a 60-59 lead with 1:31 remaining.

Kamren Belin added 11 points for the Penguins, while D.J. Cole recorded 10.

Josh Crittle scored 14 points and Daniel Barnes 10 for UIC.

Talton was 7 of 15 from the field with six rebounds.

Youngstown State tries to even its Chicago trip when it travels to Loyola (10-3, 1-0) which won at Valparaiso (10-5, 0-1) on Wednesday, 63-54. YSU and Loyola square off Saturday at 4 p.m.