Butler Bounces Men's Basketball, 82-73|
Jan. 26, 2002
Chicago, Ill. -Butler's Brandon Miller scored a career-high 29 points, including five three-pointers, to push the visiting Bulldogs to the 82-73 Horizon League victory over UIC at the UIC Pavilion on Saturday afternoon in front of a season-high 5,002.
Miller played a key role down the stretch as he helped key a 18-9 run over the last 6:52 of the game with nine points to secure the victory for the Bulldogs.
"The only thing we can say is when it came time to shoot, their shooters shot and ours didn't," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "Their rebounders rebounded and ours didn't.
"Their experience and savvy won over our inexperience in the end."
With the victory, Butler improves to 18-3 on the season and 5-3 in the Horizon League, while UIC falls to 12-9 and 3-4 in the league.
Sophomore Martell Bailey scored a career-high 21 points for the Flames and dished out seven assists, while teammates Cedrick Banks (12 points), Cory Little (12 points) and Jordan Kardos (11 points) each turned in impressive performances.
Besides Miller, the Bulldogs also received solid efforts from Rylan Hainje (20 points) and Mike Monserez (12 points, four three-pointers). Butler was solid from the field, hitting 52% of its shots and 50% (10-for-20) from beyond the three-point arc.
UIC, who was without the services of senior center Thor Solverson, sorely missed his presence as the Flames were out-rebounded 36-19.
The Flames will be back in action on Monday, January 29th, as they will host Wright State at the newly renovated UIC Pavilion at 7:00 PM.