Men's Basketball Reaches 20-Win Plateau With Victory Over Youngstown State|
March 1, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - UIC will head into next week's Horizon League Tournament on a season-best tying five-game winning streak as they rolled past visiting Youngstown State, 73-47, on Saturday evening in front of 4,747 at the UIC Pavilion.
"This is a good win for us coming off such an emotional victory (66-65 over Loyola) on Thursday," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "Getting to 20 wins this season is really a tribute to these young men."
With the win, the Flames finish the regular season at 12-4 in league play, good for sole possession of third place. UIC is 20-7 overall, marking the first time in school history the Flames have posted 20 wins in back-to-back season. UIC went 20-14 last year.
The Flames will be the No. 3 seed and have a first-round bye in the Horizon League Tournament. UIC will meet the winner of #6 UW-Green Bay and #7 Youngstown State on Friday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m., at US Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wis.
Seniors Jonathan Schneiderman and Kyle Kickert made their final home games memorable ones on Saturday. Schneiderman tallied a team-high tying 14 points while Kickert tabbed 11 points and a team-best nine rebounds.
Junior Martell Bailey, the nation's leader in assists, tied his career-high with 13 helpers in the outing while committing just one turnover. Cedrick Banks also chipped in with 14 points to help pace the Flames.
Doug Underwood led the Penguins (8-19, 4-12), who shot just 28% from the field in the game, with 17 points.
UIC overcame a sluggish start and 16 missed free throws versus Youngstown State. The Flames owned a nine-point lead at intermission, then opened the second half on a 6-0 run to build a 15-point lead (36-21) they would never relinquish.