Men's Basketball Earns 60-56 Road Win At Illinois State|
Nov. 30, 2004
Normal, Ill. - Sophomore Jovan Stefanov's driving lay-in with 22 seconds remaining gave UIC the lead and then junior Elliott Poole converted two free throws in the final seconds to put the game away as the Flames earned a 60-56 victory at Illinois State on Tuesday night.
UIC, which shot a season-high 51% from the field and 81% from the foul line, leveled its record at 2-2 with its second straight victory. The Flames have now won eight of their last nine road contests dating back to last season.
UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins also reached a personal milestone with the victory, tying Bob Hallberg as the school's all-time winningest coach with career triumph No. 133.
The Redbirds (4-2), who saw their three-game winning streak snapped, rallied back from a 54-46 deficit with 4:36 left with a 12-2 run, eventually tying the score at 56-56 on the first of two free throws by senior Vince Greene with :56 remaining.
Green had converted a school-record 57 straight free throws, but missed the second attempt, which would have given Illinois State its first lead of the game.
The Flames scored on their next possession when sophomore Marcetteaus McGee (8 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds) hit a cutting Stefanov for a lay-up and what would prove to be the game-winning basket.
The Redbirds turned the ball over on their next possession. They quickly fouled Poole on the in-bounds and he knocked down both free throws for the final four-point margin.
Senior Cedrick Banks was held to a season-low two points, but led the team with six rebounds.
All-in-all, every Flame that played notched at least one field goal.
UIC will look to make it three straight victories on Saturday when they open Horizon League play with a rematch of last year's league tournament title game as they host UW-Milwaukee at the Pavilion at 7:00 p.m.