Men's Basketball Slips Past Southern Illinois, 73-71|
Dec. 14, 2002
Chicago, Ill - University of Illinois at Chicago junior Martell Bailey's lay-up with three seconds left gave the Flames a 73-71 victory over visiting Southern Illinois on Saturday afternoon.
The contest was played in front of a vocal crowd of 6,746, the fourth largest ever at the UIC Pavilion.
"Martell Bailey is just a money player," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "No matter what kind of game he his having, when the game is on the line he wants the ball in his hands."
Bailey, the Flames' leading scorer entering the game (13.5 ppg), had just two field goals prior to his final basket, finishing with six points and seven assists in the contest.
Junior Cedrick Banks, who missed UIC's (3-2) first four games, made an immediate impact versus SIU, tallying a team-high 22 points and grabbing five rebounds. Senior Jonathan Schneiderman was also in double figures for the Flames, tabbing 14 points while knocking down 4-of-6 three-pointers.
Stetson Hairston led three Salukis (4-1) in double figures with 22 points.
UIC jumped out to an early 11-point lead on Saturday, owning a 15-4 advantage just six minutes into the game. SIU would rally back, though, and take a one point lead into intermission, 40-39.
The Flames would, once again, push out to a lead in the second stanza, and were up eight, 68-60, following a Banks jumper with 4:58 remaining.
Southern Illinois turned up the defensive pressure and would on an 11-3 run over the next four minutes, holding UIC without a field goal and eventually tying the game when Hairston split a pair of free throws with :33 left.
The Flames held for Bailey's final shot, then Armond Williams sealed the win for UIC when he knocked away the inbounds pass in the final seconds.
UIC will be back in action on Monday, Dec. 16, as they host Samford at 6:00 p.m.