Men's Basketball Falls To Butler, 85-61

Cedrick Banks scores a team-high 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting. (File Photo)
Cedrick Banks scores a team-high 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting. (File Photo)

Feb 23, 2002

Box Score

Indianapolis, Ind. - Hinkle Fieldhouse continued to be a house of horrors for the UIC men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon as they dropped their ninth straight decision in the arena with an 85-61 loss to host Butler.

The Flames wrapped up the regular season with a Horizon League record of 8-8, 17-13 overall, which will make them the sixth-seed at next weekend's league tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bulldogs (25-4, 12-4 Horizon League), meanwhile, will be the top seed after securing their third-straight regular-season league title.

Senior Rylan Hainje drove four Butler starters in double figures with a game-high 21 points. Fellow senior Thomas Jackson added 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Bulldogs, who shot 50% from the field in the contest.

UIC was paced by sophomores Cedrick Banks and Martell Bailey. Banks tallied a team-high 19 points and seven rebounds while Bailey chipped in with 15 points, 14 of which came in the second half.

Banks actually had the Flames rolling early, scoring 12 points in the first six minutes to stake UIC to a 14-12 lead at the 14:02 mark.

Butler would turn up the defensive pressure, though, holding UIC without a field goal for the next 11:20. The Flames would trail by five, 32-27 with 2:40 remaining in the half when Jonathan Schneiderman ended the drought with a long three-pointer.

Unfortunately for UIC, they would not tally another field goal the rest of the period as the Bulldogs closed the half on a 8-1 run to take a 12-point lead (40-28) into intermission. Hainje capped the surge with a fall-away three-pointer at the first-half horn.

Butler then put the game out of reach in the first two minutes of the second half, going on a 9-2 spurt to take a 19-point lead they would never relinquish.



The Flames will be back in action versus either Detroit or UW-Milwaukee on Saturday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m., in the opening round of the 2002 Horizon League Tournament at the CSU Convocation Center.