Men's Basketball's Five-Game Winning Streak Comes To An End
Jan. 27, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - Detroit senior Willie Green was a one-man wrecking crew against the University of Illinois at Chicago as the 6-4 guard scored a game-high 43 points on 18-of-29 shooting to lead the Titans to the 80-73 Horizon League victory over the Flames at the UIC Pavilion on Monday evening.
That mark is the most points scored in the Horizon League since UIC's Cedrick Banks scored 35 against UW-Milwaukee on January 9th. It also sets the UIC Pavilion record, previously set by Wright State's Keion Brooks who tallied 41 points against the Flames on January 4, 1999.
Detroit also received a solid effort from senior forward Terrell Riggs, who posted a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Titans.
"It was obvious that Willie Green and Terrell Riggs dominated the game tonight," UIC Associate Head Coach Mark Coomes said. "They beat us to loose balls and long rebounds.
"Give Detroit credit," Coomes continued. "This is their third straight game on the road and their third straight victory on the road.
"They're putting it together right now."
Coomes served as the interim coach for the Flames on Monday night as head coach Jimmy Collins was sick with the flu.
"I think a factor in this game, of course, was Coach Collins not being here," Coomes said. "We have some sickness going through our team.
"There are no excuses though," Coomes continued. "Every game is scheduled and you have to come out and play."
Banks led UIC with 27 points and eight rebounds, while teammate Martell Bailey scored 18 points and dished out a game-high seven assists for the Flames.
Junior forward Armond Williams scored 11 points and hauled in 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double in the last seven games.
With the victory, Detroit improves to 10-8 overall and 5-4 in Horizon League play, while the Flames drop to 12-5 on the campaign and 6-2 in league action.
UIC was done in by poor free throw shooting as the Flames converted just 9-of-21 charity shots in the second half and finished the game shooting 11-for-23. For the season, UIC is shooting 59.3% from the free throw line.
"When you're 11-for-23 from the free-throw line, it's very hard to win games," Coomes said. "And that's what happened to us."
Early on in the second half, both teams traded baskets with the score tied at 47-apiece following a pair of free throws by UIC's Aaron Carr (7 points) with 15:06 remaining.
Detroit, however, separated themselves from the pack with a 6-1 run, led by four points from Green to give the Titans the 53-48 lead with 12:18 left in the half.
UIC would battle back and draw to within two points as Williams converted a lay-up to put the score at 61-59 with 6:50 remaining in the contest. The Flames, however, would come no closer.
In the first half, both teams threw their best shots at each other with UIC making a 16-4 run in the opening minutes to take an early 25-17 lead, following a Banks' 3-pointer with 9:05 left in the period.
Detroit, however, clawed and scratched their way into the game behind 11 points from Green and took the 37-36 lead at the intermission, following a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Elijah Warren (9 points, 3 treys).
UIC will be back in action on Wednesday night, as they will travel to Ohio to square off with Wright State in a Horizon League tilt at 6:00 p.m. in the Nutter Center.