Men's Basketball Holds Off Wright State, 75-71
Feb. 26, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - Senior guard Cedrick Banks scored 16 of his team-high 20 points in the second-half to lift host UIC to the 75-71 Horizon League victory over Wright State, clinching second-place and an automatic berth in the semifinals of the conference tournament next week, at the UIC Pavilion on Thursday night.
Banks keyed a 12-0 run by UIC late in the second-half, posting a pair of treys, helping the Flames overcome a five-point deficit and put them in control of the game.
UIC forward Armond Williams tallied 14 points, while teammates Aaron Carr and Elliott Poole each chipped in 12 points. Senior point guard Martell Bailey scored nine points and dished out 11 assists on the evening.
The victory extends UIC's winning streak to nine games and improves their record to 21-7 overall and 11-4 in Horizon League play, while the Raiders fall to 14-12 on the campaign and 10-5 in conference action.
Wright State senior guard Vernard Hollins posting a game-high 26 points, followed by freshman forwards Alex Kock (12 points) and Drew Burleson (10 points.
The Flames held Wright State standout Seth Doliboa to five points on the evening, converting 1-for-7 of his field goal attempts. Defensively, UIC forced 19 Wright State turnovers, which translated into 23 points for the Flames.
UIC will be back in action on Saturday evening, as they will host Butler for 'Senior Day' at 6:00 p.m. in the UIC Pavilion.