Men's Basketball Earns City Bragging Rights With Win At Northwestern|
Dec. 19, 2002
Evanston, Ill. - UIC junior Cedrick Banks helped UIC earn a little city bragging rights on Thursday night.
The 6-foot-2 forward came off the bench to score a season-high 31 points, knocking in 12-of-18 shots, to pace the Flames to a 70-53 victory over Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
"Cedrick is a tremendous player," UIc Head Coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "But this was a great team win.
"We came out agressive and this was the best we've rebounded the ball all year."
UIC (5-2) dominated Northwestern (5-3) on the glass on Thursday, outrebounding the Wildcats, 42-15. The Flames also outscored Northwestern 26-10 in the paint and shot 58% from the field in the game.
The Flames held Wildcats' leading scorer Aaron Jenning without a point in the game while rookies Evan Seacat (16) and T.J. Parker (15) led Northwestern in the scoring column.
With UIC trailing 9-8 early in the first half, Banks entered the game and went on a personal 13-4 run, netting his first five shots, three of which came from behind the three-point line, to stake the Flames to a nine-point lead, 21-12.
He would go on to tally 20 points in the opening period (7-for-8 FG) as UIC took an 11-point lead (36-25) into intermission.
After Parker opened the half with a three-pointer to cut the Flames' lead to eight, UIC went on a 14-0 run over the next seven minutes for a 22-point lead they would never relinquish.
The win proved to be UIC's second ever on the road versus a Big 10 opponent with the last coming in Champaign in the 1990-91 season opener.
The Flames will be back in action on Saturday night as they open Horizon League play at UW-Green Bay at 7:00 p.m.