Men's Basketball Defeats Butler, 65-56, To Advanace To Horizon League Tournament Title Game|
March 6, 2004
Indianapolis, Ind. - The second-seeded UIC men's basketball team will make its second appearance in the Horizon League Tournament title game in the last three years following Saturday night's 65-56 triumph at #6 Butler (16-14) in the semifinal round.
The Flames (23-7), who set a new school record for single-season wins at 23, will take on #1 UW-Milwaukee on Tuesday night at US Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wis., at 8:00 p.m. in the tournament final with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The game will be shown live on ESPN.
On Saturday, UIC senior Cedrick Banks scored 14 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to lead the Flames to their third win over the Bulldogs this season and second victory this year at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Flames senior Armond Williams added a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. All-in all, UIC outrebounded Butler 36-21, including an 11-4 edge on the offensive glass.
The Flames also converted their free throws down the stretch as a stretch of eight straight charity makes in the final minute kept any Bulldog comeback hopes at bay.
Bruce Horan led Butler with 18 points on 6-for-12 shooting and Duane
Lightfoot added 15 points and seven rebounds.