Men's Basketball Upends Loyola, 64-57|
Jan. 26, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - After a scoreless first half, University of Illinois at Chicago guard Cedrick Banks torched Loyola for a game-high 22 points in the final 20 minutes to lift the Flames to the 64-57 Horizon League victory over the host Ramblers at the Gentile Center on Monday night.
"This is the way that I expect a UIC-Loyola game to be played," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said. "We needed to win this game and it was a hard fought game.
"I am definitely pleased to come out of here with a victory."
With the victory, UIC improves to 14-7 overall and 5-4 in the Horizon League, while the Ramblers fall to 6-12 on the campaign and 2-6 in conference play. The win marks UIC's sixth straight triumph over Loyola.
Loyola center Demetrius Williams led the Ramblers with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Louis Smith (13 points) and Paul McMillan (11 points).
Loyola's stingy defensive job on Banks in the opening stanza helped the Ramblers to a 28-23 lead at halftime.
Banks, however, would have none of that as he led an 11-0 run coming out of the intermission with four points, giving the Flames a 34-28 advantage with 17:30 left in the contest.
Loyola answered the bell and tied the game up at 42-apiece following a four-point play from junior guard DaJuan Gourd (7 points).
The Ramblers would eventually take a 51-48 lead following a three-point play from Williams with 6:38 left in the contest.
The Flames countered with a 10-3 run, led by six points from Banks to put the game out of reach for the Ramblers.
UIC will be back in action on Saturday, as they will travel to Indiana, to square off with Butler at 1:00 p.m.