Men's Basketball Finishes Off Exhibition Campaign In Fine Fashion
Nov. 14, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC men's basketball team conlcuded exhibition play on Thursday night with a 81-61 triumph over International Select at the UIC Pavilion.
Junior guard Martell Bailey, making his first appearance of the preseason, fell just one rebound shy of a triple-double, tabbing 10 points, a game-high 13 assists and nine rebounds on the night. Junior college transfer Richard Lesko also posted a double-double for UIC with 12 points and a team-best 10 rebounds.
Junior forward Jabari Harris also added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Flames.
"The exhibition season is a time when players show who is going to step up an play in game situations," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "I thought some players stepped up, while others stepped back.
"Richard Lesko is someone who comes to my mind as someone who stepped up for the second straight outing," Collins continued. "He really has played within himself and has done a lot of things well."
UIC never trailed in its contest with International Select on Thursday, jumping out to an 8-0 advantage and leading by as many as 21 points during the game. International Select did close within eight points late in the second half (60-52), but a quick 8-0 Flames run put the game away for good.
Brian Taylor (23 points) and former UIC player Joe Bullock (22 points) paced International Select on the night.
The Flames, who finished the preseason 2-0, will tip things off for real on Friday, November 22nd, when they travel to meet Evansville at 7:00 p.m.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio 1000 AM with Dave Wills on the play-by-play and former UIC coach Dick Nagy providing the color commentary.