Men's Basketball Tops Detroit In Horizon League Opener, 62-61
Jan. 3, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC men's basketball team moved to 6-0 at home this season as they held on to beat visiting Detroit, 62-61, Thursday night in the Horizon League opener for both schools at the UIC Pavilion.
With the Flames leading 62-59, the Titans (6-7, 0-1 Horizon League) had a chance to tie the game in the waning moments of regulation, but Jimmy Twyman couldn't connect on a three-point attempt from the right wing with 0:04 left. Terrell Riggs put the ball back in as time expired for the final 62-61 score.
"We always play hard," said UIC head coach Jimmy Collins. "We need to develop that killer instinct and play smarter, but we are starting to find ways to win ball games."
The Flames owned an eight-point lead (59-51) with 4:34 remaining. The Titans closed in on UIC, though, going on a 8-1 run, capitalizing on a pair of Flames turnovers, to trim the lead to 60-59 with 0:12 left.
Junior Jonathan Schneiderman (8 points, 5 assists) would then come through in the clutch for UIC, nailing a pair of free throws with 0:09 remaining, setting up the Titans final run to try and send the game into overtime.
Both teams started the contest slashing to the bucket, as a hard fought first half ended with the Flames (9-5, 1-0 Horizon League) leading 28-25.
In the second stanza, UIC began to display confidence on offense, shooting 46% from the field in the period. Cory Little, who finished with a career-best 15 points, nailed two of his four three-pointers down the stretch and Cedrick Banks (19 points) displayed flashes of offensive wizardry in leading the Flames to the victory.
"I'm feeling pretty good about my game right now," Banks said. "I gained a lot of confidence with my play last week on the road."
Senior Thor Solverson led UIC on the glass with nine rebounds.
The Titans were paced by Greg Grays' 19 points and five assists.
The Flames will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 5, as they welcome Cleveland State to the UIC Pavilion at 3:00 p.m.