Men's Basketball Tops Illinois State, 86-74|
Dec. 13, 2003
CHICAGO - Aaron Carr scored 21 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to help hold off a late Illinois State rally and lead the UIC men's basketball team over the visting Redbirds, 86-74, at the UIC Pavilion on Saturday night.
The Flames (8-2) were also keyed by Cedrick Banks' 22 points, 20 of which came in the first half, and a double-double by Martell Bailey, who scored 13 while dishing out 12 assists and grabbing five rebounds. Rookie Elliott Poole contributed with eight points and a game-high seven rebounds.
"The first half we did a lot of things right," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "Cedrick got hot and Martell kept getting him the ball and he delivered.
"In the second half, Cedrick made just one field goal, but (Carr) got hot," Collins continued. "So Martell started looking at Carr like hed was Cedrick and Carr delivered for us."
Illinois State (3-3) trailed by as much as 22 points in the second half, but the Redbirds went on a 24-13 run to close the gap to 78-71 with 2:11 left in the game. That's as close as they would get, as UIC outscored the Redbirds 8-3 in the last two minutes to put the contest out of reach.
"I think UIC is better than billed," Illinois Sate coach Porter Moser said. "They have kids who know how to win.
"They have whole puzzle to win a league championship."
Trey Guidry led the Redbirds with 20 points, knocking down five three-pointers. Najeeb Echols, a transer from Missouri and a former Chicago prep standout, made his Illinois State debut in his hometown, scoring 13 points on 6-for-6 shooting.
The Flames forced ISU into 18 turnovers and turned those miscues into 25 points. UIC allowed just four points to be scored off its eight turnovers.
Both teams shot the ball well from the field, as each finished the night converting 54% of their attempts.
The Flames, who notched their 13th consecutive non-conference home win on Saturday, will look to make it 14 straight on December 20th, as they welcome Northwestern to the UIC Pavilion at 5:00 p.m.