Jimmy Collins Becomes Men's Basketball's All-Time Winningest Coach With 76-67 Victory At UNC Wilmington

Senior Cedrick Banks tallied 24 points in the Flames' win over UNCW.
Senior Cedrick Banks tallied 24 points in the Flames' win over UNCW.

Dec. 12, 2004

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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.

Junior Elliott Poole collected his second career double-double in the win with 12 points and 10 rebounds while sophomore Marcetteaus McGee tabbed 11 points and four assists.

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.