Men's Basketball Crowned At Old Dominion, 71-65|
Dec. 1, 2001
Norfolk, Va. - The UIC men's basketball team held Old Dominion leading scorer Ricardo Marsh to just two points through the first 27 minutes of Saturday night's game at ODU Fieldhouse.
Marsh, a 6-foot-7 forward who came in averaging 16.3 ppg, would not go quietly, though, as he scored 14 points (5-for-5 FG), including 11 straight in one stretch, over the final 13 minutes, leading the Monarchs to a 71-65 triumph over the Flames.
UIC, which fell to 3-2 with the loss, actually outshot (49%-48%) and outrebounded (29-27) Old Dominion, but missed free throws and 14 turnovers cost the Flames.
"I look down at the stat sheet and see we were 14-of-21 from the free throw line, and to lose by six that is really something that hurt us," UIC head coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "Also, 14 turnovers to just eight assists. We need to get better production out of our point guard spot."
With the win, the Monarchs (4-1) improved to an impressive 108-12 all-time at the ODU Fieldhouse.
Sophomore Cedrick Banks, who made his first career start, led four Flames in double figures with 13 points while Thor Solverson and Jonathan Schneiderman each added 11 and Jon-Pierre Mitchom chipped in 10. Solverson also paced UIC with a team-best six rebounds.
Marsh led Old Dominion, which shot a blistering 67% (12-for-18 FG) in the second half, with 16 points. Chicago native Richard Greene was also strong for the Monarchs, recording 14 points and a team-high six rebounds
The Flames, who shot 55% from the field in the first half and owned a 32-29 lead at intermission, watched their advantage quickly disappear as ODU opened the half on a 9-0 run to take a 38-34 lead at the 14:56 mark.
After UIC battled back to tie the game at 38-38 with 13:49 left, Marsh took the game over, tallying the next 11 points and 13 total for the Monarchs during a 21-10 spurt that put ODU up 11 (59-48) with 5:50 remaining.
Collins' crew refused to pack it in, closing to within three (68-65) in the waning moments. Old Dominion converted its final three free throws, though, to douse the Flames' rally bid.
After playing three games in the last five days, UIC will now take a week off before returning to the Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 8, to take on North Central at 3:00 p.m.