Cleveland State Comes Back To Defeat Men's Basketball, 66-63
Feb. 5, 2009
CHICAGO- Robo Kreps led four Flames in double figures with 19 points, but Cleveland State guard and Chicago native Jeremy Montgomery hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 27 seconds left to send the UIC men's basketball team to a heartbreaking 66-63 defeat at the UIC Pavilion on Thursday night.
The Flames (10-12, 3-9 Horizon League) led for the entire second half, going up by as many as 11 at one point, until Montgomery, a graduate of Lincoln Park High School, nailed a trey that turned UIC's 63-61 lead into a one-point advantage for the Vikings (16-8, 7-5 Horizon League).
Following a UIC timeout, Tori Boyd missed a tough off-balance jumper in the lane fell with seven seconds left, forcing UIC to foul. J'Nathan Bullock hit two free throws to put the Vikings up three.
Mayo's game-tying three-point attempt as the final seconds ticked away fell short, and the Flames were unable to get off another shot.
Montgomery scored a career-high 21 points to lead all scorers.
Kreps has now scored at least 17 points in three consecutive contests.
VanderMeer has totaled 14 blocked shots in the last two games alone after turning away just five combined in his previous five outings.
UIC hosts Youngstown State at the UIC Pavilion this Saturday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.