Men's Basketball Defeats Milwaukee, 63-55
March 1, 2008
Milwaukee, Wis.- The UIC men's basketball team clinched the fourth seed and a first-round home game in the Horizon League Tournament with a 63-55 victory over Milwaukee at U.S. Cellular Arena on Saturday night.
Scott VanderMeer registered his sixth double-double of the year with game-highs of 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Flames (16-14, 9-9 Horizon League), who will host ninth-seeded Youngstown State in the opening round of the league tourney at the UIC Pavilion this Tuesday, Mar. 4 at 7 p.m.
Following an even opening period that ended in a 24-24 tie at intermission, UIC opened the second period on a 9-1 run to take a 33-25 lead.
Milwaukee (14-15, 9-9 Horizon League) went on an 11-1 run of its own to go up by two, but that was the only lead the hosts would have after that spurt. Karl White Jr. answered the Panthers' run by himself in scoring eight unanswered points during a three-minute span to put UIC ahead by six.
UIC used the free throw line to cement the victory, converting 23 of its 33 foul shots in the final stanza and nine free throws in the final 1:14.
White scored all 14 of his points in the second half, hitting eight of 11 attempts from the charity stripe.
The Flames limited Milwaukee to just 25.8 percent (8-for-31) shooting from the floor after halftime.
Saturday's win marked the first time UIC has swept the regular season series over Milwaukee since 1997-98.