Men's Basketball Downed By Butler, 61-47
Feb. 8, 2003
Indianapolis, Ind. - The UIC men's basketball team fell short in its bid to unseat Butler for the top spot in the Horizon League on Saturday evening as the host Bulldogs prevailed 61-47 in a defensive struggle at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
With the victory, the Bulldogs 10th consecutive over the Flames, Butler stays in sole possession of first place in the league at 8-1, 18-3 overall. UIC, meanwhile, drops to 9-3 in league play, 15-6 overall with the loss.
Junior Armond Williams, who ranks second in the country in field goal percentage, led three Flames in double figures with 15 points (6-for-7 FG) while also tallying eight rebounds. Junior Cedrick Banks (11 points) and Aaron Carr (10 points) hit for double digits, but the duo combined to shoot just 8-for-27 from the field.
Senior Joel Cornette paced Butler with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Brandon Miller was also in double figures with 14.
Defense was the name of the game in the first half as neither team shot over 40% from the field. UIC forced Butler into 10 turnovers in the opening stanza while the Bulldogs forced seven Flames miscues. The first half also featured just six total fouls as Butler took a 20-19 lead into intermission.
The score remained tight with a Martell Bailey lay-in pulling UIC with three, 42-39, with 7:27 left.
The Bulldogs, though, finally put together the first run of the game, outscoring the Flames 8-1 over the next three minutes to build a 10-point lead they would never relinquish. Cornette tallied four points in the run.
Bailey, the nation's leader in assists, was held to a season-low three on Saturday.
UIC will look to bounce back on Thursday night as they travel to meet rival UW-Milwaukee in a key Horizon League contest at 7:00 p.m.