Men's Basketball's Winning Streak Snapped With 76-72 Loss At UW-Green Bay|
Jan. 23, 2005
Green Bay, Wis. - The UIC men's basketball team came up just a little short on Saturday night in its showdown at UW-Green Bay for second place in the Horizon League as the Phoenix edged the Flames, 76-72, in front of 4,790 at the Resch Center.
The loss snapped UIC's (9-8, 4-3) five-game winning streak and dropped the Flames into a three-way tie for third in the league with Detroit and Wright State. UW-Green Bay (12-5, 5-2), meanwhile, posted its first win over UIC since the 2000-01 season and now sits alone in second place in the Horizon League, behind UW-Milwaukee (12-4, 8-1).
Senior Cedrick Banks led the Flames with a game-high 23 points while adding a career-best tying six assists and five rebounds.
The Phoenix, which shot 54% from the floor, used a total team effort to slip past the Flames, with five players in double figures. Senior Javier Mendiburu paced the UWGB attack, just missing a triple-double with 12 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
The lead had see-sawed back and forth for most of the game, before an 11-1 Phoenix surge staked UW-Green Bay to a 69-60 lead with 3:57 left. It was the largest advantage for either team during the contest
UIC clawed back, though, and eventually pulled within one, 71-70, with 1:28 remaining on a three-pointer by Collum.
The Flames would then get the ball back with under a minute left after a turnover by Josh Lawrence, but freshman Karl White would miss a baseline jumper giving the ball back to the Phoenix.
UW-Green Bay senior Matt Rohde provided the back-breaking blow with a three-pointer from the right wing with 16 seconds left for a four-point lead.
Both teams shot extremely well in the second half as UIC converted 56% of its field goal attempts while the Phoenix netted 58% of its tries.
The Flames will look to get back on the winning track on Wednesday, Jan. 26, when they continue on the road at Wright State at 6:00 p.m. CST.