Men's Basketball Tops Georgia Southern, 92-83
Feb. 19, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC men's basketball team gave itself a little momentum heading into the final week of the regular season with a 92-83, non-conference triumph over Georgia Southern on Saturday afternoon at the UIC Pavilion.
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Flames (13-12), who have key Horizon League dates with Wright State and Butler left on the slate.
The Eagles (16-11) were led by Elton Nesbitt's 24 points.
Georgia Southern entered the game with the nation's ninth-best offense, but UIC limited the Eagles to just 39% shooting in the game. The Flames are now 9-0 this season when holding teams under 40% from the field.
UIC also made the most of its chances at the foul line, converting 24-of-27 (89%) attempts from the free throw line.
The Flames seemingly took control of the game early with a 16-3 run midway through the first half staking them to a 14-point lead, 31-17.
Georgia Southern, which trailed by nine at the break, would not go away in the second half and trailed by only five with 1:45 left.
Banks would turn a driving lay-up into a three-point play on the Flames next possession, though, to put UIC ahead to stay.
The Flames will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Wright State at 7:00 p.m. UIC will honor its seniors prior to the start of the game.