Men's Basketball Falls at Wright State, 72-61|
Jan. 26, 2005
Dayton, Ohio - Despite a career-high 20 points from sophomore forward Jovan Stefanov, the UIC men's basketball team dropped its second straight decision on Wednesday night, falling 72-61 to Wright State at the Nutter Center.
The Flames' record is now even at 9-9 overall this season while UIC is 4-4 in Horizon League play, putting it in a tie for fourth place with Detroit. The Raiders, meanwhile, moved into sole possession of third place with a 5-3 league mark, 10-9 overall.
UIC played without top reserve Justine Bowen and back-up center Josip Petrusic, who were both sidelined with the flu. Neither player made the trip to Dayton.
Stefanov tallied a personal-best 20 points, 19 of which came in the first half, while adding a team-high six rebounds to lead the Flames.
It was not enough, though, to overcome the red-hot shooting of Wright State, which netted 60% of its shots, going 28-for-47 from the field. The Raiders also out-rebounded UIC, 37-22, while posting 38 points in the paint to the Flames' 22.
Sophomore DaShaun Wood recorded a game-high 28 points for the Raiders. Rookie Jordan Pleiman tabbed his first career double-double with 19 points (8-for-8 FG) and 11 rebounds.
With Wright State owning a one-point lead at intermission, the Raiders used a 14-4 surge early in the second half to open up a 52-41 lead with 10:32 left.
The Flames would trim that lead to four, 56-52, at the 7:49 mark after eight straight points by Banks, but the Raiders quickly rattled off seven straight points over the next 90 seconds to build their 11-point lead back.
While Wright State held UIC's top point producer, Banks, scoreless in the first 20 minutes, Stefanov scored 19 points to pace the Flames.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Stefanov and a Williams jumper gave UIC its largest lead of the game at 25-18 with 7:02 left in the opening half.
Wright State outscored the Flames 15-7 over the final seven minutes to take a 33-32 lead into intermission.
UIC will look to snap its two-game losing streak on Saturday when they welcome Butler to the UIC Pavilion at 3:00 p.m. The game is being broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.