Bailey Beats Buzzer As Men's Hoops Upsets UW-Milwaukee|
Feb. 7, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - UIC had just a little more gas left in the tank.
Sophomore guard Martell Bailey converted a leaning bank-shot three-pointer from the top of the key as the final horn sounded to give UIC the 73-71 come-from-behind victory over the UW-Milwaukee Panthers on Thursday night.
"I heard (UIC) Coach (Jimmy Collins) hollering 'Shoot the ball, shoot the ball," Bailey said. "I had (Ronnie) Jones on me and I just rose up over him and took the shot.
"I knew it was going to go in, I didn't expect to bank it in, but I knew it was going to go in."
Bailey finished with 14 points, while teammate Cedrick Banks scored a game-high 22-points for the Flames. Junior point guard Jonathan Schneiderman converted all five of his three-pointers in the second half to finish with 15 points.
"We've been talking about guys playing hard and fighting for 40 minutes," Collins said. "I think we got that done tonight."
UIC, the fifth-best three-point shooting team in the nation, converted 50% of their three-point attempts, including nine-of-15 in the second half.
With the victory, UIC improves to 15-11 on the season and 6-6 in the Horizon League, while UW-Milwaukee falls to 13-10 and 8-3 in the league.
UW-Milwaukee held a 63-62 lead with 4:55 left in the contest and went on an 8-0 run led by four points from Justin Lettenberger (7 points) to extend the Panthers' lead to 71-62 with 2:16 left in the contest.
The Flames countered with a 11-0 run of their own, led by two three-pointers from Schneiderman and five points from Bailey, including the game-winning three-pointer.
UW-Milwaukee forward Clay Tucker led the Panthers with 20 points, followed by Jason Frederick (17 points) and Ronnie Jones (12 points).
The Flames will be back in action on Saturday, February 9th, as they will host UW-Green Bay at the newly renovated UIC Pavilion at 3:00 PM.