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    Men's Basketball Downs South Dakota State, 80-66

    Junior Justin Bowen pitched in a career-high 18 points along with six boards on Saturday.
    Junior Justin Bowen pitched in a career-high 18 points along with six boards on Saturday.
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    Nov. 27, 2004

    Box Score

    Chicago, Ill. - The UIC men's basketball team posted its first win of the 2004-05 season on Saturday afternoon with an 80-66 victory over visiting South Dakota State in front of 1,956 fans at the UIC Pavilion.

    The Flames, now 1-2 on the year, have won 20 of their last 21 home games versus non-conference foes.

    Junior Justin Bowen led five UIC players in double figures with a career-high 18 points while adding six rebounds.

    Sophomore Marcetteaus McGee tallied career-bests of 10 points and eight assists. Senior Cedrick Banks finished with 14 points. Rookie Karl White recorded his first career double-figure outing with 10 while junior Elliott Poole tabbed 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

    South Dakota State (1-3), which is in its first season as a Division I program, was paced by Michael Loney's team-high 17 points and eight rebounds.

    Bowen totaled 14 of his points in the first half to help the Flames take a 48-31 lead into intermission.

    A quick 14-4 run to start the second half gave UIC its largest lead of the day at 27.

    The Flames will look to even their record on Tuesday, November 30th, when they travel to Normal, Ill., to take on the Illinois State Redbirds at 7:00 p.m.