Men's Basketball Falters In Opener At Evansville

Senior Jonathan Schneiderman led UIC with 17 points on Friday at Evansville.
Senior Jonathan Schneiderman led UIC with 17 points on Friday at Evansville.

Nov. 23, 2002

Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - The UIC men's basketball opened the 2002-03 season on a sour note, dropping a 73-68 decision to Evansville on Friday night in front of 9,003 at Roberts Stadium.

The Flames (0-1) led by as many as 12 points in the second half, but the Purple Aces (1-0) came roaring back, outscoring UIC 31-13 over the final 14 minutes to earn the win.

The loss spoiled a career-best effort from Flames junior Aaron Carr, who started in place of Cedrick Banks. Carr netted a personal-high 16 points while also grabbing seven rebounds.

Senior Jonathan Schndeiderman led the Flames in scoring with 17 points, going 5-of-7 from three point range. Junior Martell Bailey had a strong all-around outing with 13 points, nine assists and six rebounds for UIC.

Center Dan Lytle led four Aces in double figures with a game-high 20 points.

UIC was plagued by poor free throw shooting, going 3-for-14 in the game, including eight consecutive misses during a 16-4 Evansville run that helped them turn a 53-41 Flames' lead into a 57-57 game.

The Purple Aces, meanwhile, were stellar from the stripe, converting 80% (24-for-30) of their charity tosses.

The Flames trailed by three with 16 seconds left and had a chance to tie the game, but newcomer Richard Lesko's three-point attempt rimmed out. Senior Ian Hanavan then hit two free throws to seal the win for the Aces.

Evansville, despite being outrebounded 37-32, cotrolled the post offensively, outscoring UIC, 30-20, in the paint.

UIC will look to even its record on the year on Sunday afternoon when they welcome Eastern Illinois (1-1) to the UIC Pavilion at 4:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Chicago and ESPN Radio 1000.