By Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune reporter
11:25 PM EDT, March 20, 2013
Illinois-Chicago won its first postseason game ever Wednesday night by outlasting crosstown opponent Chicago State 80-69 in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com tournament at the UIC Pavilion.
Daniel Barnes scored 22 points, including 18 on 3-pointers, to lead the Flames. He also pulled down 10 rebounds. Josh Crittle added 17 points and Hayden Humes 15.
UIC (18-15) led 46-30 at the half, but the Cougars fought back and took the lead 61-59 on a basket by Quinton Pippen, nephew of Bulls Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen. But Barnes took charge from there for the Flames.
"I am very proud of how our guys battled, especially in the second half because we knew they were going to surge in the second half," UIC coach Howard Moore said.
Chicago State (11-22) made one more field goal than UIC (22-21), but the Flames went to the free-throw line 36 times, converting 28. The Cougars were 15 of 24 from the line.
"This was great March basketball with a great intra-city rivalry game," Chicago State coach Tracy Dildy said. "When you spot the home team double digits, it's really hard to overcome that and pull it out. But our fight showed what we stand for and showed the direction that Chicago State is going."
This was the first time the Cougars had advanced to the postseason at the Division I level.
"For us to come out and play like we did says a lot for our team," said Pippen, who had 12 points. "A lot of people come around and say: 'You're Scottie Pippen's nephew' and all that. But I'm Quinton Pippen; I'm not Scottie Pippen. I try to walk in my own shoes; I'm not trying to walk in his. I'm just trying to play team ball, Chicago State ball."
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