Men's Basketball Falls Short against Milwaukee, 70-59
Feb. 12, 2011
CHICAGO - Senior guard Robo Kreps scored a team-high 24 points, his fifth-straight game with 20 or more points, but Milwaukee's Anthony Hill poured in a career-high 32 points, leading the Panthers past the UIC men's basketball team, 70-59 at the UIC Pavilion Saturday afternoon.
Kreps' scoring output came on nine field goals, including four three-pointers - he also corralled a career-high tying nine rebounds. Paris Carter added a career-high 11 rebounds to lead UIC's 40-37 rebounding advantage. Hill's 32 points led a trio in double figures for Milwaukee - point guard Kaylon Williams also made a significant impact, dishing out 14 assists against just one turnover.
"We lost to a good Milwaukee team today," said UIC head coach Howard Moore. "Rob (Jeter) is doing a great job with them, and they're playing very good basketball right now. They're really a load inside with (Anthony) Hill, and then you've got shooters like (Tone) Boyle and (Tony) Meier who do a great job of getting open and knocking down shots.
"Offensively, I thought we were too stagnant tonight. Their (Milwaukee's) guys were standing on top of Robo (Kreps) and Paul (Carter), making it tough for us to make our cuts. We didn't adjust to that very well. It's a disappointing home loss, but we have more opportunities ahead. We'll bounce back and continue on."
The Panthers came out hot, building a 17-7 lead at the first media timeout (11:49) - Hill had four field goals in the stretch. UIC began to claw back, pulling within four (20-16) just three minutes later. After the Flames trimmed the deficit to just three (23-20) with 3:59 left in the first half, the Panthers stretched their lead back to six (28-22) with 2:29 remaining.
After forcing a defensive stop, Milwaukee re-gained possession with 35 seconds left in the first half, and held on for the last shot. Williams' deep three-pointer fell short, but Tone Boyle corralled the miss, and scored as time expired in the frame, as the Panthers took a 32-24 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Milwaukee opened the second half on a commanding 10-2 run, taking a 42-26 with 15:47 remaining. The Flames answered with an 8-2 spurt, and cut the Panthers' lead to just seven (44-37) with 10:26 remaining - Kreps scored seven-consecutive points during the stretch.
Milwaukee countered with an ensuing 7-0 run, taking a 54-40 lead at the 8:00 mark. UIC pulled within single digits twice in the next 1:18, but could draw no closer.
UIC will host crosstown rival Loyola next Wednesday (Feb. 16) beginning at 7 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion. The Ramblers defeated the Flames 68-59 at the Gentile Center on Jan. 22.