Men's Basketball Topples North Central, 93-53|
Dec. 8, 2001
Chicago, Ill. - After a week of hitting the books for final exams, the UIC men's basketball team was back on the floor Saturday afternoon as they rolled to a 93-53 victory over North Central College (Ill.) in front of 2,136 at the newly renovated UIC Pavilion.
"I thought that North Central really came to play today," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "I just think our size and level of talent overwhelmed them, especially in the second half."
With the win, the Flames snap a two-game losing streak and improve to 4-2 on the year. The Cardinals, a Division III school out of Naperville, Ill., fall to 2-5 on the year with the loss.
Sophomore Armond Williams led UIC, which shot season-high 59% from the field in the contest, with a career-high 22 points while also grabbing five rebounds.
Senior Jordan Kardos was also strong, finishing with a season-best 15 points, knocking down a trio of three-pointers. Sophomore Aaron Carr (11 points) and senior Jon-Pierre Mitchom (10 points) were the other Flames in double figures while sophomore Martell Bailey paced UIC with eight assists.
North Central center Bill Stang led the Cardinals, posting a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Despite playing a sloppy first half that saw UIC turn the ball over 13 times, the Flames took a 19-point lead (36-17) into intermission as they shot 59% from the field in the period.
"I think our mental approach was lacking in the first half," Collins said. "You want the players to be consistent everyday and that's something we haven't accomplished yet."
Williams, who got his first career start, led the way, netting 10 points (5-for-6 FG) in the opening stanza. Kardos also added seven points while dishing out four assists. Mike Kulbeda paced North Central with six points on a pair of three-pointers.
UIC then put the game out of reach in the second half, slowly building its lead to the final 40-point differential.
UIC will be back in action on Saturday, Dec. 15, as they welcome Northern Illinois to the UIC Pavilion at 3:00 p.m.