Men's Basketball Toppples Cleveland State, 73-66, In Key Horizon League Showdown|
Feb. 12, 2005
Cleveland, Ohio - Behind a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds from senior Cedrick Banks, the UIC men's basketball team picked up a critical Horizon League road win on Saturday evening, downing Cleveland State, 73-66, at the Wolstein Center.
The Flames (12-10, 7-5) retained sole possession of third place in the league with the victory and are now two games ahead in the loss column of a pack of three teams tied for fourth. UIC also slid just a game and a half behind UW-Green Bay for second.
With senior Armond Williams limited due to flu-like symptoms, UIC needed a spark off the bench to aid not only in scoring, but also in controlling Cleveland State senior Omari Westley, the Horizon League leader in scoring and rebounding.
Junior Justin Bowen and red-shirt freshman Kevin Bond answered the call, with Bowen getting the stating nod and tallying 15 points and eight rebounds while Bond netted a career-high eight points off the bench.
Junior forward Elliott Poole also continued his torrid play of late, finishing with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Banks tabbed his second double-double of the year and sixth of his career.
Westley was limited to just 10 points and eight rebounds, before fouling out with 5:11 remaining.
Sophomore Raheem Moss led Cleveland State (9-12, 6-7) with 16 points.
UIC out-rebounded the Vikings, 44-33, and converted 86% (18-for-21) of its free throw attempts to help the Flames sweep the season-series with Cleveland State.
UIC shot 51% in the first half to take a 43-32 lead in to intermission.
The Vikings held UIC without a point for the first six minutes of the second stanza, though, and eventually trimmed the Flames' advantage to five, 45-40, on a three-point play by Westley with 13:54 remaining.
UIC would go on an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to give itself a 13-point lead it would not relinquish.
The Flames will be back in action on Monday night when they welcome UW-Green Bay to the Pavilion at 7:00 p.m. The game will be aired live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.