Men's Basketball Earns Road Win At Illinois State|
Nov. 30, 2002
Normal, Ill. - The UIC men's basketball team shot almost 70% from the field in the second half and knocked in 10 of its last 11 shots as they outlasted Illinois State, 78-65, Saturday night at Redbird Arena.
Junior point guard Martell Bailey led the way for the Flames (2-1) with a stellar all-around effort, scoring a game-high 20 points (8-of-9 FG), nine assists and seven rebounds.
"Martell Bailey really stepped it up tonight," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "He provided us with the type of leadership we needed on the floor tonight."
The Flames also dominated the game in the paint, outrebounding the Redbirds (0-3) 41-27 while outscoring them 38-12 in the post. UIC finished the night shooting 55% from the field, converting 31-of-56 attempts.
All five starters reached double figures for Illinois State, paced by Vince Greene and Trey Guidry, who each tallied 14.
After leading by six at the break, 34-28, UIC watched the Redibirds take control early in the second period, using an 11-2 run to take a 39-36 lead.
The Flames would counter with a run of their own, though, as they outscored ISU 22-10 over the next nine minutes to take a nine-point lead they would never relinquish.
UIC, which picked up its first road win of the season, will be back in action on Saturday, Dec. 7, as they travel to Bloomington, Ind., to lock horns with nationally-ranked Indiana.