UIC builds early lead, cruises past Incarnate Word 63-57

CHICAGO (AP) — Michael Diggins scored 15 points and Illinois-Chicago beat Incarnate Word 63-57 on Monday night.

The Flames had a double-digit lead for most of the second half, and Marcus Ottey’s 3-pointer made it 58-48 with about six minutes to play. The Cardinals pulled to 58-52 with 5:27 remaining, but didn’t score again until Dwight Murray Jr.’s jumper with 26 seconds left.

UIC (5-7) snapped a two-game skid that included an 84-72 loss at Colorado and a 20-point loss at DePaul. Incarnate Word (5-7) has lost five of its last six games.

Diggins made 4 of 6 field goals and all seven of his free-throw attempts. Ottey and Tarkus Ferguson added 12 points apiece for the Flames, who took the lead for good midway through the first half.

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Charles Brown III scored 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting to lead Incarnate Word. Murray chipped in 13 points and Morgan Taylor had 11.

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