Men's Basketball Rolls Past Butler, 73-49

Junior Rocky Collum totaled a career-high 20 points and seven assists on Saturday versus Butler.
Junior Rocky Collum totaled a career-high 20 points and seven assists on Saturday versus Butler.

Jan. 29, 2005

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Chicago, Ill. - The UIC men's basketball team enjoyed its best shooting night of the season and hounded visiting Butler on the defensive end en route to a 73-49 triumph over the Bulldogs at the Pavilion on Saturday.

The Flames (10-9, 5-4) were red-hot from the field, netting a season-high 67% of their overall attempts and 50% of its three-point shots.

UIC was just as strong on the defensive end, forcing Butler (7-11, 2-6) into a season-high 17 turnovers, which turned into 22 points for the Flames. UIC also limited the Bulldogs to just 18 points in the second half on 25% shooting.

Junior guard Rocky Collum sparked UIC's strong performance with a career-high 20 points, seven assists and three steals. The Racine, Wis., native did not commit a turnover and was 7-for-9 from the field, including five three-pointers.

Senior Armond Williams (15 points) and sophomore Jovan Stefanov (12 points) were also in double figures for the Flames.

Junior Bruce Horan paced the Bulldogs with 18 points.

Both teams were sharp from the field in the opening stanza, as UIC netted 71% of its attempts while Butler converted 60% of its shots. The Flames turned 11 Butler turnovers into 13 points, though, to take a 37-31 lead into intermission.

UIC took over in the second half with a 23-6 surge over the first 11 minutes capped by back-to-back triples from Collum to stake the Flames to a 60-37 lead.

The final 24-point margin was the largest ever in a UIC victory over Butler. The Flames have now won four straight games in the series with the Bulldogs.

The Flames will now take a week off before returning to action on Saturday, February 5th, with a contest at Horizon League rival, UW-Milwaukee.