Flames Get Horizon League Tourney Win Over Youngstown State, 79-59

Armond Williams during the first half in the Horizon League win over Youngstown State.
Armond Williams during the first half in the Horizon League win over Youngstown State.
Milwaukee, Wis. - University of Illinois at Chicago Head Men's Basketball Coach Jimmy Collins was able to clear his bench as his Flames rolled to a 79-59 victory over Youngstown State in the Horizon League Second Round at the U.S. Cellular Arena on Friday night.

With the victory, UIC advances to Saturday's Horizon League semi-final matchup against host UW-Milwaukee at 7:30 p.m.

"No question that it was good to play (the second team) for a majority of the second half," Collins said. "(Saturday) is going to be a war and our guys are going to need their rest."

Junior forward Cedrick Banks led UIC with 14 points, while Aaron Carr and Armond Williams each tallied 13 points apiece for the Flames. Senior Kyle Kickert tallied five points and a game-high nine rebounds, while junior guard Martell Bailey had seven points and seven assists for the Flames.

Senior point guard Jonathan Schneiderman chipped in 11 points, including three treys. As a team, UIC shot 63.6% (7-for-11) from beyond the arc.

"We had four guys in double-figures," Collins said. "It showed that we had some good team play tonight."

With the victory, UIC improves to 21-7 on the campaign, while the Penguins end the campaign at 9-20.

Doug Underwood posted a game-high 20 points for Youngstown State, while Adam Baumann added 13 for the Penguins.

With the scored tied at 12 in the first half, UIC went on a 17-0 run, led by seven points from Banks, over a seven-minute span to take a commanding 29-12 lead over the Penguins.

For the first half, UIC shot a blistering 50% (13-for-26) from the field, and 57.1% (4-for-7) from beyond the three-point arc.