Men's Basketball Falls To No. 7 Duke, 88-55
Dec. 14, 2004
Durham, N.C. - The UIC men's basketball team couldn't overcome a 16-0 run by #7 Duke to start the second half on Tuesday night as the Blue Devils posted an 88-55 victory over the visiting Flames at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
With the loss, UIC drops to 3-4 on the year with two of those losses coming at the hands of teams ranked in the top 10 nationally. Duke, meanwhile, improved to 7-0 on the year and is now 161-3 at home versus non-conference since 1983.
Shelden Williams led the Blue Devils with 23 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks. J.J. Reddick added 21 points, including five three-pointers, while Daniel Ewing was also in double-figures, finishing with 14.
UIC came out red hot from the field in the opening moments of first half, building a 22-14 lead in the first 10 minutes behind Stefanov, who had all of his 15 points in the opening stanza, and Banks. Duke battled back, though, closing the half on a 13-4 run to take a seven-point lead into intermission.
The Blue Devils then took control with a 16-point surge to start the second half, keyed by eight points from Williams.
For the game, UIC shot 37% from the field while the Blue Devils knocked down 49% of their attempts. Duke tallied 18 blocked shots in the contest.
The Flames will conclude their three-game road swing on Saturday, when they travel across town to take on DePaul at the Allstate Arena.