Men's Basketball Drops Wright State, 81-68|
Feb. 23, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago senior guard Cedrick Banks wanted to put on a show for the Flames' faithful in his final regular-season home game against Wright State at the UIC Pavilion on Wednesday night.
A show, indeed.
Not only did Banks score a career-high 39 points, including a career-high, and UIC Pavilion record-tying, eight three-pointers, the Chicago, Ill., native became the third player in school-history to tally over 2,000 career-points, as the Flames picked up the 81-68 Horizon League victory over the Raiders, keeping their hopes alive for a third-place finish in the conference race.
UW-Parkside's Gareth Malkowski previously set the Pavilion record of eight three-pointers on Dec. 21, 2004. Banks' 15 field goals also was the second-most for a single game, tying both Andrew White (Niles College, Dec. 3, 1977), Andrew Cooper (Missouri-St. Louis, Jan. 11, 1980) and Eric Longino (Valparaiso, Jan. 9, 1986).
With his 15th point of the game at the 9:25 mark of the first half, Banks hit the 2,000 point mark for his career, joining both Sherell Ford and Kenny Williams amongst the Flames' elite. Banks needs two more points to pass Williams for the most career points scored in school history with 2,026 tallies.
With the victory, UIC improves to 14-12 overall and 8-7 in Horizon League play, while the Raiders drop to 13-14 on the campaign and 7-8 in conference action.
UIC freshman guard Karl White posted 14 points and a career-high, 10 assists for his first career, double-double. Senior forward Armond Williams led a fierce charge on the glass with a season-high, 12 boards, as the Flames out-rebounded the Raiders, 42-30, including 16 offensive.
Banks helped propel the Flames to a 40-33 lead into the intermission, posting 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting, including four three-pointers in the first half. The Raiders battled back in the opening minutes of the final stanza with an 8-3 run, to draw within two points at 43-41 with 17:21 left in the contest.
Banks then keyed a 11-4 run over the next six minutes with five points of his own, to give the Flames the 54-45 advantage, a lead that they would not relinquish.
Wright State guard DaShaun Wood garnered a team-high, 19 points for the visiting Raiders, while teammates Drew Burleson (18 points) and Everett Spencer (10 points) each turned in solid efforts.
UIC will be back in action on Saturday morning, as they will travel to Indianapolis, Ind., to square off with Butler for a Horizon League showdown at 11:00 a.m.