Men's Basketball Feasts On St. Joseph's (Ind.), 96-53
Nov. 21, 2001
Chicago, Ill. - On the eve of Thanksgiving, the UIC men's basketball team feasted on St. Joseph's (Ind.) College, carving up the Pumas for a 96-53 victory in front of 2,215 fans at the UIC Pavilion.
Sophomore forward Armond Williams led UIC with 14 points and seven rebounds, while teammates Jonathan Schneiderman (11 points, 3-for-3 3PT FG) and Jordan Kardos (10 points, 2-for-2 3PT FG) each turned in solid performances.
With the win, the Flames improve to 2-0 on the season while the Pumas, the 20th ranked team in Division II, fall to 0-2. This is the first time UIC has enjoyed a 2-0 start to a campaign since the 1997-98 season in which the Flames started 3-0 and eventually earned a share of the conference regular-season title and their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
"We haven't been 2-0 in a long time," UIC senior center Thor Solverson said. "With Evansville, Southern (Illinois) and Old Dominion ahead, we know we have our work cut out for us.
"But we're confident we can keep things going."
UIC jumped out early in the contest and never looked back, taking a 30-point lead (55-25) into intermission. The Flames shot a blistering 64% in the opening stanza and were led by Schneiderman, who tallied all 11 of his points, going 3-for-3 from behind the three-point line.
UIC's 43-point triumph was its most lopsided since the 1987-88 season when they downed Northeastern Illinois, 108-66. Each player on the roster, including the walk-ons, scored for the Flames on Wednesday night.
"We've been on the other side of games like this before," UIC head coach Jimmy Collins said. "It was nice that we were able to give everyone a chance to play tonight."
UIC will now take the Thanksgiving holiday off before welcoming Evansville to the UIC Pavilion on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7:00 p.m.