Men's Basketball Falls At UW-Milwaukee, 85-75

Cedrick Banks tallied 29 points and seven rebounds at UW-Milwaukee on Saturday.
Cedrick Banks tallied 29 points and seven rebounds at UW-Milwaukee on Saturday.

Feb. 5, 2005

Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - The UIC men's basketball team battled tooth-and-nail with Horizon League leader UW-Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon, but couldn't overcome a critical second-half Panther run in an 85-75 loss at US Cellular Arena.

Senior Cedrick Banks scored a game-high 29 points, 22 of which came in the first half, to lead the Flames (10-10, 5-5). Senior Armond Williams collected his first double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds while junior Elliott Poole tallied a career-best 19 points to go along with seven boards.

UW-Milwaukee (17-5, 10-2) countered, though, with the three-prong attack of Joah Tucker (26 points), Ed McCants (22 points) and Boo Davis (20 points).

The Flames found themselves down early as a three-pointer by McCants capped an 8-0 run and staked the Panthers to a 14-point lead, 28-24, with 9:15 left in the opening half.

Banks led UIC back with 17 points, including five three-pointers, over the final nine minutes to trim the advantage to 45-43 at intermission.

The Flames would quickly climb ahead in the second half on a triple from Rocky Collum and owned a 48-47 lead at the 19:04 mark, but an 18-5 UW-Milwaukee run over the next five minutes gave the Panthers a 12-point lead they would never relinquish.

UIC will be back in action on Thursday night when the Flames host Youngstown State at the Pavilion at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet.