Men's Basketball's Season Ends With 87-81 Overtime Loss To Loyola In Horizon League Tournament|
March 5, 2005
Milwaukee, Wis. - It was another epic postseason battle between the UIC men's basketball team and Loyola on Friday night. Only this time it was the Ramblers that prevailed in overtime, ending the Flames' season with an 87-81 triumph in the second round of the 2005 American Family Insurance Horizon League Tournament at US Cellular Arena.
UIC had claimed victory the last time these two teams met in the postseason, winning the 2002 Horizon League title with a 76-75 overtime triumph.
The Flames finish the season with a record of 15-14 while the Ramblers are now 13-16 and advance to meet top-seeded UW-Milwaukee tomorrow night in the semifinal round at 7:00 p.m.
Loyola sophomore Blake Schilb scored seven of his career-high 39 points in the overtime period as the Ramblers outscored UIC, 15-9. The 6-foot-7 forward was 12-of-18 from the field in the contest while also grabbing five rebounds.
Senior Cedrick Banks led the Flames with a team-best 22 points. He finishes his career as UIC's all-time leading scorer with 2,097 career points.
UIC shot 39% from the field in the game while Loyola netted 55% of its attempts.
Senior DaJaun Gouard added 19 points for the Ramblers.
Loyola led by seven points, 66-59, with 2:09 left in the contest, but a furious UIC rally capped by a Banks floater with 13 seconds left tied the game at 72-72, forcing an extra session.
In overtime, the Flames took an 81-80 lead on a three-pointer by Banks with 1:46 remaining. But that was the last UIC tally as Loyola closed the game on a 7-0 run.
The Ramblers were a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor and 7-for-9 from the free throw line in overtime.