Men's Basketball Rolls Past Butler, 73-49
Jan. 29, 2005
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.
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.