Men's Basketball Torches Eastern Illinois, 91-78.|
Nov. 24, 2002
The junior forward led the Flames (1-1) with a career-high 18 points while putting the clamps on Eastern Illinois All-American candidate Herny Domercant as UIC rolled to a 91-78 victory over the Panthers (1-2) at the UIC Pavilion.
"It feels great to be able to step in and contribute to the team," Carr, who is starting in place of Cedrick Banks, said. "It was fun trying to guard (Domercant), a guy who has so much potential."
Offensively, Carr was 7-of-10 from the field versus EIU while also grabbing three rebounds and dishing out four assists. On the defensive end, he held Domercant, who has finished in the top five in the country in scoring in each of the last two seasons, without a field goal (0-for-7) in the first half as UIC built a 17-point halftime lead.
"He played a complete game," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said. "Offensively and defensively, he really played well tonight."
Carr wasn't the only Flames starter to have a hot hand on Sunday, though, as all five reached double figures en route to UIC shooting a season-best 64% from the field.
Senior Jonathan Schneiderman and junior Armond Williams, who also grabbed a team-best nine rebounds, each and 17 points for the Flames while junior Martell Bailey added 16 and Joe Scott chipped in with 14.
Bailey also tabbed a season-high tying nine assists in the contest.
Craig Lewis led EIU with 22 points while Domercant finished with 21.
UIC, which never trailed in the contest, started hot from the start, jumping out to a an early 12-point lead, 16-4, at the 15:16 mark.
The Flames pushed the lead to as many as 22 early in the second half, only to see the Panthers claw their way to within seven, 72-65, with six minutes left.
UIC quickly ran off five straight points, though, to give them a 12-point lead they would never relinquish.
Collins' crew will now head back out on the road as they travel to meet Illinois State on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7:00 p.m.