Men's Basketball Advances With 84-65 Victory Over Cleveland State|
March 1, 2005
Chicago, Ill.-University of Illinois at Chicago senior guard Cedrick Banks led five players in double-figures with a game-high, 23 points as the fifth-seeded Flames moved on in the 2005 American Family Insurance Horizon League Tournament with the 84-65 victory over #8 Cleveland State at the UIC Pavilion on Tuesday night.
Banks' 23 points broke his previous Horizon League Tournament best of 22, set against Butler last season in the semifinals on March 6th, 2004.
Flames' freshman guard Karl White chipped in 12 points, while forwards Kevin Bond, Armond Williams and Elliott Poole each scored 10 points in the victory. Bond's eclipsed his previous career-high of eight, set against Cleveland State earlier this season on Feb. 12th.
With the victory, UIC improves to 15-13 while the Vikings end the season at 9-17. UIC will face Loyola in the Horizon League Quarterfinals at 7:00 p.m. (CST) in the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wis.
UIC dominated inside as the Flames' collected 48 points in the paint, to the Vikings' 12. The Flames were also solid defensively, holding Cleveland State to 33.9% (21-for-62) shooting from the field, and scoring 30 points off of the Vikings' 19 turnovers.
Cleveland State's Amadou Koundoul scored all of his team-high, 15 points in the second half, while teammate Frashon McGee added 13 tallies off the bench.
In the opening half, Cleveland State jumped out to an early 26-23 lead over the Flames, shooting 50% (4-for-8) from beyond the three-point arc over the first 10 minutes of the contest.
UIC, however, put a quick end to the Vikings' lead as Poole and Banks led a 16-0 run with four points apiece to put the Flames' ahead for good with a 45-33 halftime lead. Cleveland State posted two field goals over the final ten minutes of the stanza.