Men's Hoops Prevails In Overtime Over Albacomp UPC, 86-83|
Nov. 6, 2001
Chicago, Ill. - Head coach Jimmy Collins had his new Flames on display Tuesday night at the Pavilion, and what evolved was a hard-fought overtime victory over Hungarian club team Albacomp UPC 86-83 in the exhibition season opener.
"We did a lot of experimenting out there on the floor tonight," Collins said. "We'll end up a much better team as we settle into our set rotations."
Early on, UIC handled the Albacomp pressure and size well, running a solid offense and giving the Hungarian opposition all it could handle on defense.
Albacomomp swingman Damon Williams kept his team in the contest with 17 first half points.
"There's no substitution for experience and Jonathan and Thor have that," added Collins.
It appeared that the Flames would pull away from Albacomp early in the second frame with Collins' newcomers blasting out of the half. Bailey assisted on two three-pointers to open the half, one to Carr and the other to fellow Westinghouse grad Cedrick Banks. Banks also added a free throw in that span to open up a 44-35 lead.
"They did some good stuff, and some stuff that was not so good," Collins said of Banks and Bailey. "Martell gets 10 assists and hit his free throws down the stretch, that was nice to see."
However, late in regulation, Albacomp put in a surge and needed Joe Scott's four free throws down the stretch to send the game into an extra session.
UIC's next game will be Tuesday, November 13, versus Marathon Oil. Tip-off for the exhibition match-up is 7:30 p.m. at the Pavilion