Men's Basketball's Home Winning Streak Snapped At Six With 83-69 Loss To Cleveland State|
Jan. 5, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago men's basketball team struggled through a physical Horizon League tilt at the UIC Pavilion Saturday afternoon, falling 83-69 to visiting Cleveland State.
The Flames, whose six-game home winning streak was snapped with the loss, dropped to 9-6 overall and 1-1 in the Horizon League, while Cleveland State improved to 7-6 overall and 1-1 in the league.
"The only thing I can say is I hope I never see us play like that again," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "We played the first half as poorly as we've played all year. I thought we'd come out and play better in the second half, but we just played worse.
"They made us look really bad in our own gym."
The Vikings held Flames' leading scorer Cedrick Banks (12.3 ppg) without a point on the afternoon as the sophomore was 0-for-6 from the field. Banks wasn't alone in his struggles, though, as back-up guards Jon-Pierre Mitchom and Aaron Carr were also held scoreless, combining to go 0-for-11 from the field.
Cleveland State's Theo Dixon came alive down the stretch, scoring eight of his game-high 24 points in the final 4:20.
Cleveland State held UIC to a season-low 30% shooting in the contest, while the Vikings finished at a 57% shooting clip, including a blistering 73% from the field in the second stanza.
Following an even first half that saw Cleveland State with a two-point advantage, the start of the second half remained tight until Cleveland State reserve center Pape Badiane slammed two home with 11:23 left in the contest to give the Vikings a 54-48 lead. That started a 12-3 Viking run that put the game out of reach for the Flames.
Dixon was one of four Vikings in double-figures, as Jamaal Harris (14), Badiane (14) and Tahric Gosley (10) to aid the Cleveland State cause.
The Flames will be in action again Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7:00 p.m., when they visit UW-Green Bay.