Men's Hoops Season Ends With Loss To Detroit, 80-72
March 5, 2000
The seventh-seeded UIC men's basketball team had their season come to an end this afternoon as they fell to third-seeded Detroit in the semifinals of the MCC Tournament, 80-72, at the UIC Pavilion.
The Flames, who pulled off the upset of #2 Cleveland State Saturday night, were done in by the three-point shooting of the Titans as Detroit connected on 56.5% of its shots from beyond the arc. Desmond Ferguson led Detroit with a 7-for-9 showing from three-point range while MCC Player of the Year Rashad Phillips was equally impressive, hitting 5-of-11 from deep.
UIC, which entered the game riding a five-game home winning streak, found itself down by 12 at the half, 44-32, but used a 15-8 run to start the second half and cut Detroit's lead to just two, 52-50. Four consecutive three-point shots by the Titans, however, upped their lead back up to 12.
The Flames chipped away at the lead in the final minutes and came as close as four points, 72-68, with 2:52 to play, but Detroit sank 5-of-7 free throw attempts in the final minute to hold on for the win.
"Hats off to my players who really fought hard," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said. "We just couldn't overcome our first half. In the second half, we bounced back, but the first half really hurt us. I'm really proud of our effort."
Four UIC players finished in double digits led by 17 points from Jordan Kardos and Joe Scott. Senior Theandre Kimbrough, in his final collegiate outing added 15 points while Maurice Brown rounded out te double-figure scorers.
Detroit's Phillips finished with a game-high 24 points and Ferguson added 23 points to lead the Titans who will meet #1 Butler in the championship game Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion.