Men's Basketball Ices Youngstown State, 63-57|
Feb. 4, 2002
Youngstown, Ohio - Never underestimate your opponent.
It took 20 minutes for that to register with the UIC men's basketball team against Youngstown State, but the Flames escaped with a 63-57 victory over the Penguins at the Beeghly Center on Monday night.
"It was a very tough and hard played game," UIC coach Jimmy Collins said. "Jonathan Schneiderman went in and got control for us."
With the victory, UIC improves to 14-11 on the season and 5-6 in Horizon League action, while Youngstown State falls to 3-18 overall and 1-10 in the league.
Youngstown State capitalized off 18 Flames' turnovers in the first half and took a 31-29 lead at the intermission. The Penguins scored 22 points off the Flames' miscues.
"This was a case of guys not getting up mentally for a team that we had beaten earlier in the year by 20 points," Collins said of UIC's 85-69 victory over the Penguins on January 21st.
Youngstown State held on and led UIC, 41-40, with 13:06 remaining in the contest, when Banks took over.
UIC went on a 10-2 run, including six straight points from Banks, to take a 50-43 lead at the 9:54 mark of the game.
Youngstown State crept back into the game as they cut the lead to two points as Stephen Flores (7 points) canned a pair of free throws to put the score at 57-55.
Collins called a time-out and on the ensuing possession, Banks scored on a nice back-door feed from Schneiderman to end the Youngstown State rally.
Ryan Patton led Youngstown State with 15 points, while the Penguins also received solid efforts from Brian Radakovich (12 points) and Rafael Cruz (10 points).
UIC will be back in action on Thursday night, as they will host UW-Milwaukee at 7:00 PM at the newly renovated UIC Pavilion. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net Chicago and will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio 1000.