UIC Sinks Wisconsin-Green Bay, 63-55|
Feb 18, 2004
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) - Cedrick Banks scored 18 points and Martell Bailey had 14 as Illinois-Chicago won its seventh straight game with a 63-55 victory over cold-shooting Wisconsin-Green Bay Wednesday night in a battle for second place in the Horizon League.
The Flames (19-7, 10-4) beat the Phoenix (16-8, 10-4) for the eighth time in the last nine games, including the last six.
The victory also gives the Flames the edge over the Phoenix for a guaranteed bye until the semifinals of the conference tournament in March.
Kevin Hughes and Javier Mendiburu each scored 11 points to lead the Phoenix, which finished 29.1 percent (16 of 55) from the floor.
Illinois-Chicago used a 14-4 run over the end of the first half and early in the second half to take a 37-25 lead on Banks' 3-pointer from the corner.
Mendiburu's 3-pointer with 3:07 remaining closed the Phoenix to 52-47, but Aaron Carr made one of two free throws, Armond Williams had a tip-in and Bailey sank both ends of a bonus as the Flames stretched their lead to 57-47 with 1:17 remaining.
Bailey ignited a 9-4 run in the final 2:44 of the first half with a
3-pointer and put the Flames ahead 32-25 at the intermission by drilling a
jumper with 32 seconds left.