Men's Basketball Can't Snap Calihan Curse
Jan 31, 2002
Detroit, Mich. - The UIC men's basketball team fell short in its bid to snap Detroit's NCAA-best home court winning streak on Thursday night, falling to the host Titans, 74-67.
The win was Detroit's 39th-straight at Calihan Hall and improved the Titans to 12-9 overall this season, 6-3 in the Horizon League. The Flames dropped to 13-10, 4-5 in league play with the loss.
Greg Grays and Willie Green proved to be a deadly one-two punch for UDM with the duo combining for 49 points and 12 rebounds. The tandem seemingly took turns attacking the Flames' defense as Grays tallied 17 of his game-high 28 points in the first half, before Green hit for 14 of his 21 points in the second stanza to pace the Titans.
UIC, which entered the game as the second-best three-point shooting team in the country, used the trifecta to stay within striking distance of UDM. The Flames splashed in a season-best 13 three-pointers in the game while shooting 48% from behind the arc.
Senior Cory Little, who finished with a career-high 18 points, led UIC's outside barrage, knocking down a six-pack of triples while senior Jordan Kardos (20 points) netted five three-pointers. Sophomore Martell Bailey set up the Flames' attack, finishing with a career-high 13 assists.
UIC's hot shooting helped them erase a seven-point halftime deficit to tie the game 43-43 with 15:43 left on a trey by Kardos.
The Titans would put the clamps down on the Flames, though, going on a 14-2 run over the next six minutes to take a commanding 57-45 lead. Green paced the spurt with 10 of Detroit's 14 points.
UIC did welcome the return of senior center Thor Solverson to the lineup after missing two games with a sprained knee. Solverson was limited in his effectiveness, being held scoreless and without a rebound in 29 minutes. Sophomore Cedrick Banks would lead the Flames, who were outrebounded 38-21 in the game, with seven boards.
UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins did not make the trip to Detroit due to illness. Associate Head Coach Mark Coomes directed the Flames versus the Titans on Thursday. Collins will rejoin the team in Cleveland on Friday.
The three-game road swing continues for UIC on Saturday as they take on the host Cleveland State Vikings at 2:00 p.m. EST.