Flames Roll Past Roosevelt, 94-54
Nov. 15, 2010
CHICAGO - In his regular season home debut, senior forward Paul Carter came up just one rebound short of a double-double, recording game-highs in both points (24) and rebounds (9) as the UIC men's basketball team tallied a convincing 94-54 win over Roosevelt University at the UIC Pavilion Monday night.
Senior guard Robo Kreps scored 20 points, and junior guard Zavion Neely chipped in 10, to lead UIC's offensive output. The Flames dominated with a 48-22 advantage on the boards, as four Flames pulled down at least five caroms. Roosevelt was led by Paul Tometich's 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Kreps, making his second-consecutive appearance as the Flames' starting point guard, also dished out five assists against zero turnovers.
UIC (1-1) also had its way in the paint, out-scoring the Lakers 44-16, while scoring 25 second-chance points. The Flames scored 37 points off Roosevelt's (1-4) 24 turnovers, and saw their bench out-score the Laker reserves, 38-9.
"It was definitely a good look that Roosevelt gave us tonight," said UIC head coach Howard Moore, who picked up his first-career win with the Flames. "They came out, and really tried to disrupt what we do in the Swing (offense); they packed it in, and showed us a look that we hadn't seen. That gave us a chance to fight through some early adversity. Offensively, they ran some good stuff early, as well.
"Our guys responded, and did a good job defensively. They stayed poised, ran our offense correctly, and did a good job overall. We made some good cuts, particularly in the second half, and made some plays. It's good to get our first win, and now we'll turn our attention to a big weekend in Toledo."
Roosevelt jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, and held the advantage for the first 3:31, before junior guard Daniel Barnes tied the game at 7-7 with his first three-pointer. Kreps scored on the ensuing possession to give the Flames their first lead (9-7), and UIC never trailed again. The Flames' lead reached double-digits, 30-20, with 5:36 remaining in the opening stanza after UIC completed an 11-4 run.
After the Lakers pulled back within eight (30-22), UIC ended the half on a commanding 18-5 spurt, taking a 48-27 lead into the locker room at halftime. Carter ended the half with 18 points on eight made field goals, while Kreps scored 11 points, including a 5-for-5 effort from the free throw line. One-half of the Flames' first half points came in the paint.
The Flames came out racing in the opening minutes of the second half, building a 30-point lead (61-31) with 14:07 remaining. Kreps, Neely, Paris and Paul Carter each tallied field goals during the spurt. UIC's largest lead of 42 points (92-50) came with 2:04 left.
All 16 players that dressed for the Flames saw action, with 12 players cracking the scoring column. Paul Carter (24), Dipanjot Singh (5) and Jimmy Harding (4) all recorded career-high marks in scoring. Paris Carter, making his UIC debut, scored eight points and pulled down six rebounds in 21 minutes of action off the bench. Paul Carter's 24 points marked his highest scoring output in his Division I career, topping the 22 points he scored against Indiana on Feb. 10, 2009, while playing at Minnesota.
UIC will resume action in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches versus Cancer on Friday (Nov. 19), when the Flames take on host Toledo at Savage Arena beginning at 6 p.m. CST.