Hot-Shooting Propels Men's Hoops Past Youngstown State|
Jan. 21, 2002
Chicago, Ill, - Four different players scored in double-figures for the University of Illinois at Chicago men's basketball team as the Flames earned the 85-69 Horizon League victory over Youngstown State at the UIC Pavilion on Monday afternoon.
Senior guard Jordan Kardos led the way for UIC with 18 points, including four three-pointers. The Flames also received solid efforts from senior center Thor Solverson (15 points), Jonathan Schneiderman (13 points, career-high 8 assists) and Cory Little (10 points).
"It's a really good win for us," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "We followed our gameplan and executed.
"We wanted to get the ball to Thor," Collins continued. "We knew he had the advantage inside and we wanted to take advantage of that."
Solverson opened the game with six straight points, which quickly opened up UIC's outside attack.
The Flames (12-8, 3-3 Horizon Leage) hit 6-of-6 three-pointers in the opening period and shot 73% from the field, closing the half on a 44-11 run to take a 25-point lead, 50-25, into intermission.
"Thor opened things up to start the game, then we just got things rolling," Kardos said.
UIC kept its potent outside attack going in the second half, finishing the game with a season-best 68% (11-for-16) three-point percentage. Kardos converted four of his six attempts while Schneiderman added three treys of his own.
Schneiderman and Martell Bailey did the distributing for UIC, as Bailey dished out nine assists while Scheiderman added a career-best eight helpers.
Ryan Patton scored a game-high 23 points for the Penguins (3-14, 1-6 Horizon League), while teammates Doug Underwood (13 points) and Bill Mallernee (12 points) each turned in solid performances.
The Flames, whose 12 wins is the most since the 1997-98 campaign, will be back in action on Saturday as they will host Butler at the UIC Pavilion at 3:00 PM.