Men's Hoops Upended By UW-Milwaukee, 75-49|
Jan 12, 2002
Milwaukee, Wis. - Things looked good for the UIC men's basketball team for the first 16 minutes of its contest Saturday evening at UW-Milwaukee.
When sophomore Cedrick Banks splashed in a pair of free throws with 4:23 left in the opening stanza, the Flames led 34-23 and were seemingly on pace to claim sole possession of second place in the Horizon League.
The final four minutes of the first half and the entire second stanza would turn into one long nightmare for the Flames, though, as the Panthers would outscore them 52-15 the rest of the way en route to a 75-49 triumph at the Klotsche Center.
"We had them on the ropes in the first half," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins stated after the game. "They turned it up a notch near the end of the first half. We lost our rhythm and they found theirs.
"We could never get back into it."
Jason Frederick (14 points) came off the bench to lift UWM (8-8, 3-3 Horizon League) off the mat in the opening half. The junior guard knocked down a pair of three-pointers and assisted on another basket as the Panthers went on a 14-4 run to close out the first period to trail by only a point, 38-37, at intermission.
The second half would then belong to UW-Milwaukee as they shot 50% from the floor and tallied 38 points while holding UIC to 20% shooting and 11 total points.
The Panther's blew the doors open with a 19-2 run midway though the period keyed by six different UWM players who score during the run.
Junior Clay Tucker led UWM's (8-8, 3-3 Horizon League) comeback charge, pacing five Panthers in double figures with a game-high 20 points.
Banks led UIC (10-7, 2-2 Horizon League) with 13 points. Senior Thor Solverson added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds in the loss. Leading scorer Jordan Kardos was held to just two points after missing most of the first half after picking up two quick fouls.
The Flames 49-point output and 29% field goal percentage for the game were both season lows, as was UIC's 21% shooting from three-point range - 0-fo-9 in the second half.
Collins' crew will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 17, as they travel across the city to meet crosstown rival Loyola at the Gentile Center at 7:00 p.m.