Gary Talton scored on a layup with two seconds remaining in regulation Wednesday as Illinois-Chicago broke out of a slump with a 61-59 Horizon League victory over city rival Loyola at the UIC Pavilion.
Talton paced the Flames (11-7, 2-3 Horizon) with 14 points, while Josh Crittle added 12. Illinois-Chicago had lost three straight and six of seven entering the game.
The Ramblers (10-7, 1-4) dropped their fourth straight despite a game-high 16 points from Christian Thomas and 14 from Ben Averkamp.
Illinois-Chicago led by as many as 14 points in the first half before Loyola rallied with a 14-5 run over the last 6:55 to cut the halftime margin to 35-30. Averkamp scored 10 points in the half.
The surge continued in the second half as the Ramblers outscored the Flames 12-2 over the first 5:04 to open a 42-37 lead. UIC rallied to claim a 43-42 lead on Crittle's layup at the 12:43 mark.
From there, the game saw three lead changes and six ties until Talton's go-ahead score in the final seconds.
Illinois-Chicago travels to Detroit on Saturday, while Loyola breaks away from league play for a non-conference Sunday game at Chicago State.