Men's Hoops Claims Bragging Rights With 66-56 Win Over Loyola|
Chicago, Ill. - Sophomore forward Joe Scott poured in 16 of his 18 points in the second half to lead the UIC men's basketball team to a 66-56 victory over crosstown rival Loyola Saturday afternoon and help the Flames put an end to their seven-game losing streak.
UIC, which avoided slipping into the Midwestern Collegiate Conference basement with the victory, improved to 10-15 overall and 4-8 in league play while Loyola fell to 7-18 and 2-10 in the MCC.
The Flames were slow getting started against the Ramblers as they missed their first 14 field goal attempts of the game and committed nine turnovers early on. Yet when Jon-Pierre Mitchom drained UIC's first field goal of the afternoon at the 8:15 mark, the Flames trailed just 13-7 and managed to climb back to a two-point halftime deficit, 24-22.
In the second period, Scott led the UIC comeback charge as he hit six of his eight field goal attempts en route to a team-high 18 points. Joel Bullock, who gave the Flames the lead for good, 41-40, at the 10:57 mark with a three-point play, also finished in double figures with 10 points.
"The team did a good job of trying to get me the ball and I happened to get in a groove in the second half," Scott said. "Whenever you play against guys you've known since high school, it's fun."
UIC, which heated up to shoot 50% from the field in the second half, turned the ball over just four times in the final stanza and hit 12-of-18 free throws to pull away from the Ramblers.
"We let them hang in there when we should have built a bigger lead," Loyola Head Coach Larry Farmer said. "Then we couldn't match their intensity and physical play in the second half."
Loyola's Schin Kerr led all scorers with 19 points while the Flames held Ramblers' leading scorer David Bailey to 12 points, six below his season average.
UIC will wrap up the regular-season this week with a pair of home outings as it hosts Wright State Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. and Butler on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.