Men's Hoops Rallies Past UW-Milwaukee In Horizon League Quarterfinal, 75-63
March 2, 2002
Cleveland, Ohio - The sixth-seeded UIC men's basketball team continued a day of upsets at the 2002 Horizon League Championship as they took out #3 UW-Milwaukee, 75-63, in the final quarterfinal game of the day at the CSU Convocation Center.
With the win, the Flames (18-13) advanced to tomorrow's semifinal round where they will meet #2 Detroit at 6:30 p.m. CST. Fifth-seeded Loyola will meet #8 UW-Green Bay, which ousted top seed Butler, in the other semifinal game.
"It was a great win for us," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins stated after the game. "We played very well down the stretch to beat a good ballclub."
UIC trailed the Panthers by nine (58-49) with 7:38 left, but the Flames would close out the game on a 25-6 run to earn the win.
Cedrick Banks, who was one of eight different players to score in the final surge, gave UIC its first lead of the second half, 62-61, with a left-handed floater with 1:55 left. Following a Panther misfire, junior Jonathan Schneiderman hit perhaps the shot of the game with a three-pointer from the right baseline to give the Flames a four-point lead with 90 seconds remaining.
UIC would then hold off any UWM comeback hopes by converting all eight of their free throw attempts in the final minute.
UIC's biggest spark, though, came off the bench from junior Kyle Kickert. In 18 minutes on the floor, Kickert tallied seven points and corralled nine boards, including six offensive rebounds. His inside play helped the Flames dominate UWM on the boards, 50-33.
Center Dylan Page paced three Panthers in double figures with 17 points.
The win by UIC marked just the fourth time a No. 6 seed has one its first round game in the 22-year history of the Horizon League Tournament. Detroit, in 1988, was the only sixth-seed to advance to the title game.