The Braves (5-8) led by as much as 12 in the second half, but surrendered a late run that pulled UIC (3-11) within two with 2:18 remaining. Sutherland answered with a jumper and a three-point play to make it 63-57 with 1:06 left. Cunningham sank three late free throws and Sutherland hit two to seal it.
Jake Wiegand paced the Flames with 21 points and Paris Burns added 12, with both grabbing seven rebounds. Marc Brown and Lance Whitaker each had 11 points for UIC, which committed 17 turnovers and went 18 of 43 overall.