Tarkus Ferguson scored 15 points with nine assists and seven rebounds and Dominique Matthews added 11 points for UIC. The Flames (8-10, 3-2 Horizon League) outscored the Panthers 42-32 in the paint and shot 51.5 percent from the floor to Milwaukee's 38.5 percent.
Ottey scored a go-ahead layup and the Flames used runs of 8-0 and 11-1 to build a 38-26 halftime lead after holding the Panthers to 27.6 percent shooting from the floor (8 of 29).
Dixson scored 10 points in a 16-6 run for a 54-33 UIC lead early in the second half, then the Flames got their largest lead (62-39) on his 3 with 13:35 to play. Milwaukee closed to within 12 (67-55) on a 10-0 run capped by Brock Stull's 3 at 8:48, but got no closer.
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