Men's Basketball Tops Georgia Southern, 92-83

Junior Justin Bowen tallied 18 points and nine rebounds on Saturday versus Georgia Southern.
Junior Justin Bowen tallied 18 points and nine rebounds on Saturday versus Georgia Southern.

Feb. 19, 2005

Box Score

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.

Senior Cedrick Banks paced five UIC players in double figures with 24 points while junior Justin Bowen came off the bench to total a career-high tying 18 points and nine rebounds.

Junior Rocky Collum (15 points), senior Armond Williams (13 points) and junior Elliott Poole (11 points) were the other Flames in double digits.

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.