Men's Basketball Falls In Nailbiter To Wright State, 63-62|
Feb 21, 2002
Dayton, Ohio - The ball did everything but go in.
With :03 left and Wright State clinging to a one-point lead, UIC senior Jordan Kardos' leaning 17-footer danced around the rim and lipped out, preserving a 63-62 triumph for the host Raiders in front of 4,301 at the Ervin J. Nutter Center.
"It's a hard loss for us and a good win for them," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins, whose team had its four-game winning streak snapped, said after the game. "You can't beat anyone, though, we you shoot just 25% from the foul line."
Free throw shooting proved to be the difference in a contest in which no team led by more than seven points. The Flames were just 2-of-8 from the charity stripe while Wright State (16-10, 8-7 Horizon League) converted on 16-of-23 attempts.
UIC (17-12, 8-7 Horizon League) had rallied back from a seven-point deficit with 3:43 remaining to pull within one and had the ball with 17 seconds left. On the Flames' final possession, sophomore Martell Bailey drove the lane only to have his shot attempt blocked by Seth Doliboa. Kardos scooped up the deflection just inside the three-point arc and took the last shot.
The loss spoiled a strong effort from UIC sophomore Cedrick Banks, who finished with a game-high 25 points while adding eight rebounds. Kardos was also in double figures for the Flames, finishing with 14, all of which came in the second half. Senior Thor Solverson paced UIC on the glass with a team-best 10 rebounds.
Wright State was led by Jesse Deister's 16 points. The Doliboa brothers, Seth and Cain, combined for 27 points and 17 rebounds.
The Flames and Raiders now find themselves tied for fifth in the Horizon at 8-7 with one game remaining for each squad. UIC travels to meet co-league-leader Butler on Saturday afternoon while Wright State hosts Loyola on Sunday evening.