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    Men's Basketball Falls In Horizon League Opener, 75-67, To UW-Milwaukee
     

     
    Senior Cedrick Banks scored a team-high 16 points on Saturday.
     
    Senior Cedrick Banks scored a team-high 16 points on Saturday.
     
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    Dec. 4, 2004

    Box Score

    Chicago, Ill. - The UIC men's basketball team had its two-game winning streak snapped on Saturday night with a 75-67 loss to UW-Milwaukee in the Horizon League opener for both schools at the UIC Pavilion.

    The Flames (2-3, 0-1) owned a 63-61 lead with 6:04 remaining, but the Panthers (5-0, 1-0) closed the game on a 14-4 run, converting seven straight free throws to pull out their first victory at the Pavilion since the 1998-1999 campaign.

    "I thought the Panthers toughness and experience really came through tonight," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "When we had a lead in the second half our inexperience showed as we couldn't hold on to it."

    Senior Cedrick Banks led the Flames with 16 points and four assists while senior Armond Williams, who made his return to the UIC lineup after missing the first four games while completing coursework for his degree, finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.

    Freshman Karl White was also in double figures for the Flames with 11. Sophomore Jovan Stefanov recorded a team-high nine rebounds.

    Junior Adrian Tigert sparked UW-Milwaukee with a double-double of 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Chicago native Chris Hill was one of three other Panthers in double-figures with 18, joining Joah Tucker (17 points) and Boo Davis (10 points).

    Rebounds and turnovers were both equal in the contest, but points in the paint proved to be the difference as UWM bested the Flames, 30-20.

    The Flames will take a week off for finals and will be back in action on Sunday, December 12th, when they begin a three-game road trip at UNC Wilmington.