UW-Green Bay Shoots Past Men's Basketball, 78-66|
Feb. 14, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - With second-place in the Horizon League hanging in the balance, UW-Green Bay combined a potent offensive attack with a smothering defensive effort to pick up the 78-66 Horizon League victory over the University of Illinois at Chicago men's basketball team at the UIC Pavilion on Monday night.
The Phoenix shot a torrid 55.6% (10-for-18) from three-point range on the evening, while scoring 29 points off of 16 UIC turnovers.
Topping UIC offensively was senior guard Cedrick Banks, who tallied 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting. Freshman guard Karl White came off the bench to score a season-high, 17 points, connecting on 7-of-12 from the field.
UWGB junior forward Benito Flores led the charge for the Phoenix with a game-high 22 points on 9-for-12 shooting. The Phoenix also received impressive performances from senior guard Brandon Morris (19 points, 4 treys), Matt Rohde (16 points) and Javier Mendiburu (12 points, 13 assists, 7 rebounds).
The score was tied 29-29 at the 6:43 mark in the first half, but UW-Green Bay closed the stanza on a 17-5 run to take a 12-point lead into intermission.
Morris had 17 of his 19 points in the opening half.
The Flames were unable to get the deficit into single digits in the second half with a back-breaking 11-2 Phoenix run mid-way through the period putting the game out of reach.
With the victory, UWGB (17-7, 10-4 Horizon League) clinches a bye into the Horizon League semifinals by virtue of their season-sweep of the Flames. UIC drops to 12-11 overall and 7-6 in conference action.
The Flames will be back in action on Thursday night, as they will host cross-town rival, Loyola, for a Horizon League showdown at 7:00 p.m. in the UIC Pavilion.