Men's Basketball Earns City Bragging Rights With Win At Northwestern

Armond Williams dunks the ball in the second half against Northwestern.
Armond Williams dunks the ball in the second half against Northwestern.

Dec. 19, 2002

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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.

Junior Armond Williams led UIC on the boards with a career-high 11 rebounds while junior center Joe Scott chipped in with nine points and five rebounds.

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.