DEKALB, Ill. -- — RayQuawndis Mitchell drained three late 3-pointers and Illinois-Chicago fought from 22 points down in the second half to defeat Northern Illinois 65-61 on Wednesday to give coach Luke Yaklich his first win in Division I.
UIC trailed 38-18 at halftime and 40-18 three minutes into the second half before a Bridges layin sparked a 43-20 rally up into the final 16 seconds when Mitchell's final 3 pushed the Flames into a 61-60 lead.
UIC was 17-for-24 shooting during the near-16-minute rally, including seven treys, while Northern Illinois was 7-of-22 with five turnovers.
Yaklich was hired in March to coach UIC, coming from the staff of Shaka Smart at Texas.
For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP--Top25
Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com