Men's Basketball Defeats Loyola At Buzzer, 66-65
Feb. 27, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - Never count the UIC Flames out.
In a scene reminiscent of last season's Horizon League Championship, junior guard Aaron Carr converted a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the UIC Flames the 66-65 victory over the host Loyola Ramblers at the Joseph J. Gentile Center on Thursday night.
"(Junior forward Cedrick Banks) passed me the ball, I let it go and I knew it was on target," Carr said. "I said 'Oh God, please let it go in,' and it did."
Last season, Banks nailed the game-winning jumper against Loyola in the Horizon League Championship to propel UIC to their second NCAA Tournament berth in school history.
Banks led UIC with 17 points, followed by teammates Martell Bailey (13 points, 8 assists), Armond Williams (11 points) and Jonathan Schneiderman (10 points). Senior Kyle Kickert (5 points) did a yeoman's work on the glass as the 6-8 center collected a career-high 13 rebounds for the Flames.
Loyola senior guard David Bailey tallied a game-high 21 points for the Ramblers, followed by Corey Minnifield (18 points) and Paul McMillan (12 points, 11 rebounds).
With the victory, UIC secures a first-round bye in the Horizon League tournament and improves to 19-7 on the campaign and 11-4 in league play. Loyola falls to 14-15 overall and 9-7 in league action.
Late in the game, UIC held a narrow 63-62 lead over the Ramblers with 2:40 remaining in the contest. Both teams were held scoreless for the next two minutes, with Loyola holding possession of the ball with 40 seconds left in the game.
With time running out on the shot clock, Loyola senior guard Kevin Clancy attempted a three-pointer for the lead, but was blocked by Williams. A loose ball ensued and Carr hauled the basketball in for a held ball, giving UIC possession.
UIC inbounded the ball into to Schneiderman, and the Forreston, Ill., native attempted a pass down court. Clancy, however, seeking redemption stole the ball from Banks.
Clancy passed it to Bailey, who found McMillan under the net for an easy lay-up to give Loyola a 64-63 lead with 15 seconds remaining in the contest.
On the ensuing possession, Martell Bailey drove the ball down the lane, threw up a wild shot and Minnefield grabbed the rebound. Minniefield was promptly fouled by Carr to put him on the free-throw line for the double-bonus.
Minniefield missed the first charity shot, but swished the second attempt, allowing UIC to set up for their game-winning heroics.
Banks dribbled it up court and threw an off-balance pass to Carr, who was waiting on the right wing for his game-winning trey at the buzzer.
The Flames finished the game shooting a blistering 52.6 percent (10-for-19) from the three-point arc, making up for a poor shooting night at the free-throw line (12-for-24).
UIC will be back in action on Saturday evening, as they will host Youngstown State at 6:00 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion for senior night. UIC will celebrate the storied careers of Kyle Kickert, Jonathan Schneiderman and Corry Tibbs. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net.