Men's Basketball Edges Texas A&M, 86-82|
Dec 20, 2001
Las Vegas, Nev. - The UIC men's basketball team built and early lead, then held off a late Texas A&M charge as they edged out the Aggies, 86-82, at the 2001 Las Vegas Classic at Las Vegas Valley High School.
The Flames (6-3) used a little senior leadership to guide them to victory over A&M (5-5) as senior Jordan Kardos paced UIC in the first half with 12 of his team-high 17 points while fellow senior Cory Little carried the Flames home, tallying all of his 11 points and six rebounds in the second stanza.
Bernard King led the Aggies with a game-high 24 points.
UIC opened things up midway though the first half, going on a 15-0 run, keyed by seven points from Kardos, which turned a one-point deficit into a 14-point advantage (26-12) with 7:55 left in the half.
The Flames took a 13-point lead into intermission and owned a 15-point advantage, 49-34, with 13:23 left in the game.
The Aggies, with the help of 19 missed free throws by UIC in the second period, would close hard down the stretch, but the Flames staved off the run with the help of a trio of clutch jumpers from Little to earn the four-point victory.
With the win, UIC evened its record at 1-1 at the Las Vegas Classic while Texas A&M falls to 0-2 in the tournament. The Flames will conclude pool play when they battle Southwest Missouri State tomorrow (Dec. 22) at 2:30 PST.