Men's Basketball Downs Detroit, 77-74|
Jan 18, 2003
Detroit, Mich. - UIC notched just its second win all-time in Calihan Hall, and first since 1997, with a 77-74 win at Detroit on Saturday afternoon.
Junior Cedrick Banks led the Flames (10-4, 4-1) with a game-high 24 points and nine rebounds while fellow junior Martell Bailey added 16 points and nine assists. UIC also got a great contribution off the bench from senior Kyle Kickert, who snagged a career-high 10 rebounds to go along with four points.
The Titans (7-8, 2-4) were led by Willie Green's 23 points. William Wallace added 16 for Detroit.
It was a nip-and-tuck battle the final 13 minutes of the game on Saturday as the two teams were never separated by more than five points during the stretch.
With the Flames leading by one, Bailey split a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left to give the Flames a 75-74 lead. Titan senior Willie Green then missed a short jumper on their next possesion. Banks came away with the rebound and streaked down the court, passing the ball to Carr who was fouled with one second left.
Carr sank both free throws for the final margin, as Detroit could not get a shot off in the final second.
Free throws proved to be a critical difference in Saturday's game as UIC was 14-of-16 from the stripe while Detroit converted just 10 of its 16 attempts.
The Flames held a 44-36 halftime lead after a strong first period which saw them shoot 52% from the field while committing just three turnovers. UIC's biggest lead in the game was 11.
The Flames, who have won three straight games and eight of their last 10, will be back in action on Wedensday as the host Loyola in the much-anticipated rematch of the 2002 Horizon League Tournament title game. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion.