Men's Basketball Outlasts Wright State, 77-62
Feb. 5, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - A trio of players in double figures led the UIC men's basketball team to a 77-62 victory over visiting Wright State on Wednesday night in front of 2,854 at the UIC Pavilion.
The win moves UIC to 15-5 and 9-2 in the Horizon League, just one game back of Butler for first-place. For Wright State, the loss drops them to 8-13 overall, 2-8 in league play.
"This is one of those games we were fortunate to win," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "We didn't start the game with great energy.
"It was just defensive intensity and team basketball that keyed us to victory tonight."
Armond Williams posted his seventh double-double of the season to lead UIC, finishing with 20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. He also dished out a career-best four assists.
Junior Cedrick Banks shook off a 0-for-5 start from the field to convert eight of his last 11 field goals for a team-high 23 points.
Jonanthan Schneiderman was the other Flame in double figures with 10 points.
Seth Doliboa paced the Raiders with 26 points.
Wright State owned the first 10 minutes of the game on Wednesday as 10 points by junior Seth Doliboa paved the way to a 19-9 lead for the Raiders at the 10:21 mark.
The lead stayed at 10 until the final six minutes of the stanza when UIC closed the half by outscoring Wright State 20-7 to take a three-point lead, 34-31, into intermission.
The score was 59-58 Flames with five minutes left in the game, but a 10-1 UIC run put the game away and eventually turned into the final 15-point margin.
UIC shot 60% from the field in the second half and 54% for the game while the Raiders converted just 28% of their attempts in the second stanza and 35% overall in the contest
The Flames will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 8, when they travel to meet league-leading Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse at 5:00 p.m. CST. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Chicago.