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.
Texas guard Andrew Jones, who had been regaining his strength after returning to practice following treatment for leukemia, suffered a fracture toe during practice.
Transfer Mustapha Heron, who averaged 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for Auburn last season, received a waiver to play immediately for St. John's.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about how good his team could be defensively and the impact of Reid Travis this season.