Men's Basketball Puts Clamps On Penn, 57-47
Jan. 8, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC men's basketball team used a stifling defensive performance, forcing a season-high, 22 turnovers and holding Penn to two field goals over the final nine minutes of the contest, helping the Flames rally for the 57-47 non-conference victory at the UIC Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.
Senior guard Cedrick Banks paced the Flames with a game-high 18 points, while teammate Elliott Poole poured in 14 points. Junior point guard Rocky Collum came off the bench and tallied a career-high 12 points, including five assists and three steals.
With the victory, UIC improves to 7-7, while the Quakers drop to 4-6 on the campaign.
Early on in the ball game, it was Penn who put the defensive clamps on the Flames as the Quakers held UIC to 30.8% (8-for-26) and built a 35-30 lead with 15:08 left in the second half.
UIC quickly turned on the afterburners, going on a 14-3 run, led by Poole, who converted a pair of three-point plays to give the Flames a 44-38 lead that they would not relinquish.
Penn guard Tim Begley paced the Quakers' offensive attack with 11 points, followed by Jan Fikiel (10 points).
UIC will be back in action next Saturday, as the Flames will host Cleveland State at 7:00 p.m. (CST) in the UIC Pavilion.