YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Tarkus Ferguson scored six of his 10 points in overtime as Illinois-Chicago opened the second half of the Horizon League schedule by erasing a nine-point second-half deficit and beating Youngstown State 90-83 in overtime on Thursday night.
The Flames and Penguins split their season series. Youngstown State earned a 70-64 victory in Chicago in December.
The Penguins took the lead on a Naz Bohannon layin with 8:17 left in the game and they held a nine-point lead with 3:43 left in regulation after Jelani Simmons dunked. But Youngstown State did not score again until Garrett Covington hit the first of two free throws to make it 71-68. Godwin Boahen's 3 with :27 remaining in regulation pulled UIC even at 75-75 and forced overtime.
Marcus Ottey scored 22 points and Braelen Bridges scored 20 , grabbed six rebounds and dished four assists for UIC (10-13, 5-5). Michael Diggins added 18 points and Boahen contributed 13 off the bench.
UIC is at Cleveland State Saturday. Youngstown State hosts IUPUI Saturday.
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