Men's Hoops Handles UW-Green Bay, 75-66|
Jan 10, 2002
Green Bay, Wis. - UIC scorched the nets at Brown County Arena on Thursday night, shooting a season-high 61% from the field and 65% from three-point range en route to a 75-66 victory over host UW-Green Bay.
The win was the Flames first on the road this season as they improved to 10-6 on the year, 2-1 in Horizon League play. UW-Green Bay dropped to 3-10, 0-2 in the league.
Banks, who also led the team with six rebounds, carried the Flames in the first half, connecting for 16 of his 24 points in the period.
Kardos then took over in the second stanza, nailing 18 of his game-high 25 points in the half. Kardos missed just two shots on the night (9-for-11 FG, 5-for-6 3PT) as he tallied 25 points for the third time in the last four games.
"They were patient out there tonight and took good shots."
Aaron Jessup led four UW-Green Bay players in double figures with 15 points. Slaven Markovic added 14 points and seven rebounds.
The first half had an auspicious beginning as UWGB guard Calix N'daiye was tabbed with a technical foul for dunking during warm-ups. Junior Jonathan Schneiderman would make both free throws to give UIC a 2-0 edge before the clock even started. Once the ball was tipped, Collins' crew came out of the gate smoking, hitting their first six shots en route to an early 16-6 lead. UIC would carry that 10-point lead into intermission, owning a 41-31 advantage.
The Phoenix would come out equally as hot in the second half, hitting their first seven shots to quickly cut the Flames' lead to 46-43 with 16:32 left.
Kardos would answer UW-Green Bay's charge, though, quieting the crowd of 2,524 with a pair of three-pointers to put UIC back up 52-43.
Later in the half, the Phoenix would mount another offensive, trimming the lead to 61-58 with 6:31 remaining. But once again, Kardos was their for the Flames, nailing back-to-back treys to put UIC ahead for good, 67-58.
The Flames will look to move to 3-1 in the Horizon League on Saturday evening as they take on UW-Milwaukee at the Klotsche Center at 7:00 p.m. The Panthers (7-8, 2-1 Horizon League) dropped a 91-87 decision to Loyola earlier on Thursday.