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    Senior Aaron Carr drove the Flames offense as he scored 20 over Eastern Illinois (file photo).
    Senior Aaron Carr drove the Flames offense as he scored 20 over Eastern Illinois (file photo).
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    Dec 2, 2003

    Final Stats

    Charleston, Ill. - The UIC men's basketball team won its fifth straight game and continued its dominance against in-state rivals on Tuesday night with a 77-60 victory at Eastern Illinois.

    The Flames (6-1) have now won their last 10 games versus state schools and are 17-3 in their last 20 contests against in-state opponents.

    Senior Aaron Carr paced four UIC players in double-figures on Tuesday night with a season-high 20 points. Senior forward Armond Williams collected his first double-double of the year with 15 points and 13 rebounds while seniors Martell Bailey (12 points, 8 assists) and Cedrick Banks (16 points, 5 rebounds) also had strong outings for the Flames.

    Josh Gomes led the Panthers (0-3) with 19 points.

    UIC owned a 38-33 lead at intermission behind Carr's 15 first-half points.

    The Panthers were still withing five points with, 54-49, with just over eight minutes remaining, but a 12-0 Flames run over the next four minutes would put the game out of reach. UIC would shoot 58% in the second half, outscoring EIU 39-27 in the period.

    The Flames dominated the glass, outrebounding the Panthers, 43-27.

    UIC will look to continue its winning ways this weekend as they compete in the Hawkeye-Gazette challenge hosted by the University of Iowa. The Flames open the two-day tournament on Friday night by taking on Northern Illinois at 5:45 p.m.