Men's Basketball Shines In Exhibition Opener
Nov. 7, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - Junior transfer Rickey Dominguez (Aurora, Ill./Feather River CC) shot a blistering 66.6 percent (8-for-12) for a game-high 21 points to lead the University of Illinois at Chicago to a 107-97 exhibition victory over the Illinois All-Stars at the UIC Pavilion on Thursday night.
"It's always good to win," UIC head coach Jimmy Collins said. "But defensively, we showed tonight that we have a long way to go.
UIC was also potent from beyond the three-point arc as the Flames connected on 43.8 (7-for-16) of their attempts. Senior point guard Jonathan Schneiderman (Forreston, Ill./Forreston) finished the contest with 16 points, and led UIC with three treys.
The Flames received a solid performance from junior Aaron Carr (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park), as the 6-4 forward chipped in 12 points. Senior center Kyle Kickert (Palos Heights, Ill./UW-Milwaukee) added 16 points off the bench for UIC.
"We did have some guys show offensively," Collins said. "Rickey (Dominguez) shot very well and Jonathan did the job controlling the ball for us."
UIC was in control of the ballgame from the outset, but couldn't quite put the All-Stars away as the Flames held a narrow 52-46 lead with 58 seconds left in the first half.
Former NBA player Sam Mack, however, helped the Flames extend their lead to 10 points as he was whistled for two technical fouls for arguing with the referee.
Lesko calmly drained all four charity shots to give UIC a 56-47 lead heading into the intermission.
The All-Stars narrowed the lead to 59-53, when the Flames went on a 11-0 run, led by a pair of buckets from both Carr and senior center Joe Scott (Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg) to give UIC the 70-53 advantage. Scott finished the game with nine points.
UIC extended its lead to 89-67, when the All-Stars went on a 30-14 run to narrow the gap to 103-97.
The Flames then put the game out of reach as Lesko converted a pair of free throws and a Williams' lay-up sealed the victory.
Brian Taylor led the All-Stars with 19 points, while Greg Guy (18 points), Nate Driggers (15 points), McGlother Irvin III (12 points), Elijah Maxey (10 points) and Ryan Blankston (10 points) each turned in double-digit efforts.
UIC will be back in action on Thursday, November 14th, as they will host International Select for their final exhibition game of the season at 8:00 p.m. in the UIC Pavilion.