Men's Basketball Earns Key Road Win At Cleveland State|
Feb. 20, 2003
Cleveland, Ohio - Behind five players in double figures, the UIC men's basketball team picked up a key Horizon League road win, conquering Cleveland State 87-74 at Goodman Arena on Thursday night.
With the win, the Flames moved to 10-4 in the league, 17-7 overall, and retained a two-game lead for third place with two league contests reamining. A third-place finish would earn UIC a first-round bye in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament.
The Vikings fell to 3-10 in the league, 8-18 overall with the loss.
UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins also became the second-winningest coach in school history with the win, collecting career victory No. 103.
Junior Cedrick Banks led the way for UIC on Thursday, pouring in a game-high 27 points. Junior Armond Williams collected his team-best ninth double-double of the year with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jonathan Schneiderman (14 points), Martell Bailey (12 points) and Aaron Carr (11 points) also scored in double figures for the Flames.
Senior Kyle Kickert led UIC's dominant performance on the boards with a career-high 12 caroms. The Flames outrebounded the Vikings 45-23, including 22-8 on the offensive end.
Percell Coles hit six three-pointers en route to a team-high 21 points for Cleveland State.
The Vikings owned the early lead, taking a 29-22 advantage on a three-pointer by Coles with 8:11 left.
UIC would close out the half strong, though, outscoring Cleveland State 22-7 the rest of the period, sparked by a trio of three-pointers from Schneiderman, to take a 44-36 lead into intermission.
The Vikings would close to with three, 54-51, with 15:22 left in the game. But the Flames would push ahead, once again, taking a nine-point lead they would never relinquish at the 10:06 mark on back-to-back Banks three-pointers.
For the game, UIC shot 52% from the field and 50% (8-for-16) from three-point range.
The Flames will be back in action on Saturday afternoon as they take part in ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday by hosting Bowling Green at 4:00 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion with the game being broadcast on ESPN2.