Men's Basketball Falls To Butler, 85-61|
Feb 23, 2002
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.
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.