Men's Basketball Suffers 56-48 Loss To Detroit
Jan. 3, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - Neither UIC or Detroit enjoyed its best offensive day of the season on Saturday afternoon, in what proved to be a physical, low-scoring Horizon League battle in front of 2,544 at the UIC Pavilion. In the end, though, it was the Flames who were unable to crack the Titans' stingy defense, dropping a 56-48 decision to fall to 9-5 on the year and 0-2 in the league.
The Flames, who have now lost three straight games for the first time since the 2000-01 season, shot just 38% from the field for the game and just 29% in the second half which saw Detroit (7-4, 1-0) outscore UIC, 33-22. The Titans, who shot just 31% for the game, were able to earn the victory by capitalizing on 19 turnovers by the Flames while also turning 22 offensive rebounds into 21 second-chance points.
UIC owned a 44-43 lead with just under four minutes remaining, but the Flames would manage just one more field goal down the stretch as Detroit closed out the game on a 13-4 run.
The Titans were paced James Thues' 10 points, four rebounds and five steals while the junior also helped shut down Cedrick Banks, the Flames' top scorer. Banks was held to just four points by the Titans, 14 points below his season average.
Rulon Harris (11 points) and Ryvon Covile (8 points, 10 rebounds) also had strong games for Detroit.
The Flames lone offensive bright spot came from senior Armond Williams, who finished with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Williams also snagged five rebounds and pilfered two steals. Senior Martell Bailey had eight assists for UIC, but he, Aaron Carr and Banks combined for just seven points on 1-for-18 shooting from the field. The trio came into the game averaging over 38 points per game.
The Flames, who trailed by six points early in the first half, took a 26-23 lead into intermission behind Williams' nine points. Banks was limited to just 10 minutes of play and three points in the first half after picking up two early fouls.
The Flames will be back in action on Monday night as they continue a three-game league homestand by welcoming Youngstown State to the UIC Pavilion for a 7:30 p.m. tip.