Men's Basketball Downed In Dell BCA Classic Semifinals By Oakland, 79-66|
Nov 16, 2003
Cincinnati, Ohio - The UIC men's basketball suffered its first loss of the 2003-04 season on Sunday night as Oakland downed the Flames, 79-66, in a match-up of preseason league favorites at the Dell BCA Classic.
The Golden Grizzlies (2-0), the frontrunners in the Mid-Continent Conference, closed the game on a 14-3 run over the final three mintues, which tore open an otherwise back-and-forth affair.
UIC (1-1), the Horizon League preseason favorite, will now play in the third-place game tomorrow evening versus the loser of the Xavier/Mercer contest at 4:30 p.m. CST at Xavier University's Cintas Center. Oakland advances to the title game at 7:00 p.m. CST.
"I though Oakland just out-toughed us tonight," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "They got 17 offensive rebounds and that was a big difference in this game."
The Golden Grizzlies' 17 offensive boards led to 19 second-chance points, 14 better than UIC's 5.
The Flames were led by senior forward Armond Williams, who netted a season-high 23 points to go along with four steals, three rebounds and two blocks. Martell Bailey chipped in with 12 points and nine assists and Aaron Carr added 10 in the loss. Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year Cedrick Banks, who sat out most of the first half after picking up two quick fouls, was limited to just six points on the night.
Oakland had a pair of 20-plus point scorers in Rawle Marshall (25 points) and Preseason Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year Mike Helms, who scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half. Courtney Scott tabbed a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Golden Grizzlies.
Collins and Bailey were both ejected from the game with 44 seconds remaining. Bailey, who had picked up a technical foul in the first half, was tagged with a second in a double technical situation with Oakland's Marshall. During the timeout, which followed Bailey and Marshall's technical, Collins was given two technicals and ejected for arguing.