Men's Basketball Holds Off Loyola For 81-77 Victory

Junior Armond Williams scored a career-high in points (30), field goals (12) and rebounds (15) against Loyola on Wednesday night.
Junior Armond Williams scored a career-high in points (30), field goals (12) and rebounds (15) against Loyola on Wednesday night.

Jan. 22, 2003

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Chicago, Ill. - Junior forward Armond Williams scored a career-high 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting, and a personal-best 15 rebounds to help the University of Illinois at Chicago to the 81-77 Horizon League victory at the UIC Pavilion on Wednesday night.

Williams' performance on the glass marked the first time that a UIC player has notched 15 or more caroms, since Maurice Brown grabbed 17 rebounds against Loyola on January 22, 2000. The double-double marks Williams' fourth in the last six games for the Austin graduate.

"I just wanted to come out and play hard defense and to rebound the basketball," Williams said. "I let everything else fall into place."

UIC guard Cedrick Banks also chipped in 21 points, including three treys, to help pace the Flames' offense.

"We knew that it was going to be a war," UIC head coach Jimmy Collins said. "This is the kind of game that Chicago likes and Chicago enjoys.

"There were moments of hard play, but not dirty play," Collins continued. "That's what happens in a families fight."

The battle between the Bailey brothers, Martell and David, was a heated one. UIC's Martell Bailey notched eight points on 3-of-6 shooting along with a season-high 11 assists, while Loyola's David scored a team-high 20 points on 6-of-24 shooting and nine assists.

"It was certainly a game that lived up to its billing," Loyola head coach Larry Farmer said.

With the victory, UIC improves to 11-4 on the campaign and 5-1 in Horizon League action, while the Ramblers fall to 8-12 overall and 4-4 in league play.

Paul McMillan, Demetrius Williams (10 rebounds), Kevin Clancy each chipped in 15 points apiece for the Ramblers.



UIC was in control for the first 25 minutes of the contest as the Flames built a 51-41 lead over Loyola with 14:51 remaining in the contest. The Ramblers, however, battled back and built a 71-67 lead following a three-point play from Shohn Williams (4 points) with 5:05 left in the contest.

UIC answered with a 6-0 run of their own, punctuated with a Banks' lay-up with 3:07 left in the contest, to give the Flames a 73-71 lead. David Bailey answered quickly with a lay-up five seconds later and was fouled on the play to tie the game up at 73-all. .

Bailey converted the free-throw, but it was negated by a Loyola lane violation that would have given the Ramblers a 74-73 lead with 3:02 remaining.

Both teams traded baskets, when Banks drained a three-pointer with 1:15 left in the contest to extend UIC's lead to 78-75. Demetrious Williams narrowed the lead to one after he pulled in a rebound on the offensive end and put it back for the basket.

Armond Williams put the Flames ahead by three again with 30 seconds remaining as he converted a lay-up off of a Martell Bailey inbounds pass to extend UIC's lead to 80-77.

Loyola was forced to foul and senior center Kyle Kickert split a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left in the contest to secure the victory. The free throw was Kickert's only point of the night.

UIC will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, as they will travel to Ohio for a Horizon League tilt with Youngstown State at 1:00 p.m. (CST).