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    Men's Basketball Tops Youngstown State, 62-56

    Sophomore Jovan Stefanov scored a career-high tying 16 points on Monday night at Youngstown State.
    Sophomore Jovan Stefanov scored a career-high tying 16 points on Monday night at Youngstown State.
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    Jan. 3, 2005

    Box Score

    Youngstown, Ohio - Sophomore Jovan Stefanov tallied all of his career-high tying 16 points in the second half to help break open a tight contest and lead the UIC men's basketball team to a 62-56 victory over Youngstown State on Monday at the Beeghly Center.

    Senior Cedrick Banks (12 points), junior Elliott Poole (11 points) and senior Armond Williams (10 points) also reached double figures for the Flames, who improved to 5-7 overall and 1-2 in Horizon League play with the win.

    Quin Humphrey and Zach Silverman each scored 11 points for the Penguins (3-9, 1-2).

    The score was knotted at 27-27 at intermission, but Stefanov exploded for 13 points in the first five minutes of the second half as UIC opened up a 42-32 lead.

    The Penguins, who shot 52% from the field in the second half, kept the Flames within striking distance with several timely three-pointers and cut the lead to 55-53 with 2:44 left on a triple by Derrick Harris.

    A Banks jumper put UIC back up four and then the Flames 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

    UIC shot 57% from the floor in the second half and 51% for the game, improving to 31-0 since the 2000-01 season when making more than half of its shots in a game.

    The Flames also moved to 12-0 all-time versus Youngstown State with the win.

    UIC will be back in action on Thursday evening when they lock horns with crosstown rival Loyola at the Gentile Center at 7:00 p.m.