Men's Basketball Rallies For 64-58 Victory At Loyola
Jan. 6, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC men's basketball team erased a nine-point, second half deficit to earn its second straight victory, edging host Loyola 64-58 at the Gentile Center on Thursday night.
The Flames (6-7, 2-2) trailed 50-41 with 7:10 remaining, but went on a 14-2 run over the next four minutes to take a 55-52 lead. The Ramblers would tie the score at 55-55, but a 6-0 UIC surge sealed the win.
Junior Rocky Collum's insertion into the lineup seemed to ignite UIC's second half resurgence. Seeing his first action of the second half at the 7:10 mark, the 5-foot-10 guard tallied all of his career-high six points and three assists down the stretch.
Five straight points by Collum during the Flames' key surge helped trim the Ramblers (3-10, 1-2) lead to 52-50. After a Loyola turnover, he then found sophomore Jovan Stefanov in the corner for a three-pointer that put UIC up for good.
Senior Armond Williams led the Flames (6-7, 2-2) with 14 points, 12 of which came in the second stanza as he went 6-for-8 from the field. He also snagged seven rebounds and totaled three steals.
Stefanov finished with 13 points while Cedrick Banks added 10 for UIC, which shot 55% from the field in the final 20 minutes.
The Ramblers jumped out to their nine-point advantage in the second half behind a 21-5 run of their own keyed by Blake Schilb, who tallied 11 of his game-high 19 points during the rally.
The Flames will look for their third-straight win as they return home on Saturday to take on Penn at the Pavilion at 3:00 p.m.