Men's Basketball Falls To No. 7 Duke, 88-55

Sophomore Jovan Stefanov drives for two of his 15 points versus Duke.
Sophomore Jovan Stefanov drives for two of his 15 points versus Duke.

Dec. 14, 2004

Box Score

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.

Sophomore Jovan Stefanov paced the Flames with 15 points and six rebounds while senior Cedrick Banks chipped in with 12 points and five boards.

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.