Men's Basketball Falls In Regular-Season Finale At Butler, 86-82
Feb. 26, 2005
Indianapolis, Ind. - Despite shooting 60% from the field, the UIC men's basketball team was unable to erase an early 18-point deficit, falling at Butler 86-82 in the regular-season finale for both teams at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
With the loss, the Flames (14-13, 8-8) will now be the No. 5 seed at next week's American Family Insurance Horizon League Tournament. UIC will take on either Butler or Cleveland State in an opening round game on Tuesday, March 1st, at 7:00 p.m., at the UIC Pavilion.
Senior Cedrick Banks, who finished with a game-high 28 points, became UIC's all-time scoring leader with a three-pointer at the 17:42 mark of the first half. Banks passed Kenny Williams (2,025 points), as he has now scored 2,052 points during his career.
Junior Brandon Polk paced Butler (13-14, 7-9) with 27 points while Brandon Crone chipped in with a career-high 20. Rookie A.J Graves also tossed in 16 points for the Bulldogs, who shot 53% from the field in the contest while netting 12 three-pointers.
"It's the first time I've ever been associated with a game where we have shot 60% and lost," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "Our defense on the perimeter was lacking today.
"You can't trade 2's for 3's."
UIC fell behind early as Butler was up by 10 within the first seven minutes and later owned an 18-point advantage, 32-14, with just 11:30 gone in the game as a Bruce Horan three-pointer capped a 10-2 Bulldog run.
The Flames whittled the lead back to 10 at intermission, 42-32.
UIC found its shooting touch in the second half, netting 22 field goals in the stanza on 64% shooting. White scored all of his 10 points in the frame.
The Flames would pull within three points six minutes into the second stanza, but that would be as close as they would get until a steal and Justin Bowen lay-up with seven seconds left cut the Bulldogs lead to 84-82.
Graves would follow with two free throws to seal the victory for Butler.