Men's Basketball Holds On For 69-63 Win Over Cleveland State
Jan. 16, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - Cedrick Banks tallied 21 points and Armond Williams recorded his third double-double in the last four games as UIC held of a late Cleveland State rally for a 69-63 victory on Thursday night at the UIC Pavilion.
The win for the Flames snaps a five-game losing streak to the Vikings and improves them to 9-4 overall and 3-1 in the Horizon League. Cleveland State falls to 7-10, 2-3 in the league with the loss.
"It's a good win against a good team," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "We knew that Cleveland State was much better than their record indicated."
Banks, who also added six rebounds on the night, was one of three Flames in double figures. Junior Martell Bailey chipped in with 16 points and eight assists while Armond Williams tabbed 14 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the year. Williams also recorded a personal-best three blocked shots in the game.
Jonathan Burge paced Cleveland State with 25 points. Modibo Niakate chipped in with 17 in the loss.
UIC led by as many as 14 points early in the second half, but the Vikings whittled the lead down and eventually tied the game at 57-57 with 4:25 remaining on a three-pointer by Niakate.
The Flames quickly went on a 6-0 run, though, and then matched points in the final two minutes for the 69-63 final.
Poor free throw shooting allowed Cleveland State back in the game as UIC converted just 12-of-28 attempts in the contest.
The Flames led 39-27 at the half after shooting 60% from the field in the opening stanza.
UIC will look to make a national splash on Saturday as they travel to take on Detroit at Calihan Hall at 11:00 a.m. CST. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.