Jimmy Collins Becomes Men's Basketball's All-Time Winningest Coach With 76-67 Victory At UNC Wilmington|
Dec. 12, 2004
Wilmington, N.C. - Senior Cedrick Banks scored 21 of his season-high 24 points in the second half, leading the UIC men's basketball team to a 76-67 triumph over UNC Wilmington on Sunday afternoon at Trask Coliseum.
The victory was career win No. 134 for Flames headmaster Jimmy Collins, making him the program's all-time winningest coach, passing Bob Hallberg (1987-96).
The Flames moved to 3-3 with the victory and have now won nine of their last 10 road games. The Seahawks, meanwhile, dropped to 4-2 on the season.
Banks, who tallied his 10th-career half with 20 points or more, was 7-for-14 from the field in the second stanza, including five three-pointers. He led a three-point barrage that saw the Flames knock down a season-best 11 triples.
Sophomore Jovan Stefanov chipped in with a career-high 16 points, going 3-for-3 from three-point land, while also snagging eight rebounds.
John Goldsberry tabbed 14 points for UNCW. Beckham Wyrick came off the bench for 14 points and 10 rebounds.
After UNC Wilmington built a 31-27 edge at the break, the Flames rebounded for a 40-36 lead early in the second half with a key 7-0 run as Banks canned back-to-back treys to cap the surge.
The Seahawks rallied to retake the lead, 47-45, with 11:24, but UIC answered, behind a three-pointer by Banks that keyed a six-point run and gave the Flames the lead for good at 51-47.
UIC won the battle of the boards, 41-35, and outrebounded UNCW, 22-14, in the final period. UIC also had 14 offensive rebounds in the contest, including nine after the break.
The Flames continue their three-game road trip on Tuesday night as they travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on #9 Duke at 9:00 p.m. EST on ESPN2.