Men's Basketball Conquers Cleveland State. 83-68

Cedrick Banks led UIC with 17 points on Saturday versus Cleveland State.
Cedrick Banks led UIC with 17 points on Saturday versus Cleveland State.

Jan. 17, 2004

Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - The UIC men's basketball team opened up a 19-point lead in the first seven minutes on Saturday afternoon and never look back, rolling past a depleted Cleveland State squad, 83-68, at the UIC Pavilion.

With the win, the Flames leveled their Horizon League record at 3-3 while moving to 12-6 overall. The Vikings, meanwhile, dropped their 10th-straight decision, falling to 0-5 in league play and 4-12 overall. Cleveland State played without three key players, missing one to injury and a pair to academic ineligiblity.

UIC was paced by senior Cedrick Banks, who finished with a team-high 17 points. Banks scored 13 points in the Flames' decisive run 29-10 run to start the game and assisted on two other baskets.

Armond Williams (11 points) and Martell Bailey (11 points) also reached double figures for the Flames, who shot 52% from the field for the game. Junior Josip Petrusic added a career-high eight points in the win.

The Vikings were led by Jermaine Robinson's game-high 27 points. Omari Westley added 12 points and seven rebounds.

UIC owned a 54-27 lead at intermission after shooting a blistering 61% in the opening frame.

The Flames will be back in action on Wednesday night when they travel to Dayton, Ohio, to take on Wright State in a key league contest.