Loyola Rambles Past Men's Hoops, 76-65|
Jan 17, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - Despite a career night from UIC sophomore Cedrick Banks, Loyola took round one of the city rivalry between the two schools on Thursday night with a 76-65 triumph in front of 4,539 at the Joseph J. Gentile Center.
Banks registered a double-double with a career-high 32 points (12-for-20 FG, 3-for-5 3PT) and 10 rebounds, but it was not enough as UIC dropped its second straight to fall to 2-3 in the Horizon League and 10-8 overall.
Loyola point guard David Bailey (21 points, 6 rebounds) fared well in the touted inaugural match-up with his brother Martell (7 points, 7 assists) to keep the Ramblers (10-5, 5-0) in sole possession of first place in the league.
"This was the type of game we thought it would be," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins stated after the game. "We were right there at the end, but they came up with some key rebounds when they needed them."
Corey Minnifield, who tallied a double-double of his own with 19 points and 10 boards, was key for Loyola down the stretch, helping his team stave off any Flames comeback hopes with six points and a pair of huge offensive rebounds in the final four minutes.
UIC had control of the contest early in the game, owning a 13-5 lead with 10:37 left in the opening stanza. The Ramblers would outscore the Flames 25-12 over the final 10 minutes, though, to take a 30-25 lead into intermission.
After Loyola had built an eight-point cushion midway though the second half, Collins' crew would pull to within a basket, 50-48, following a one-man 6-0 run by Cedrick Banks.
That would be as close as the Flames would get, though, as a quick 11-2 spurt by the Ramblers, keyed by six points from David Bailey and a technical foul on UIC's Jordan Kardos, put Loyola ahead to stay, 63-52, with 6:04 remaining.
The Flames will look to get back on the winning track on Saturday afternoon as they travel to meet IUPU-Fort Wayne at 12:00 p.m.