Men's Basketball Outlasts UW-Green Bay, 78-71, In Horizon League Opener|
Dec. 21, 2002
Green Bay, Wis. - UIC recieved career best performances from junior Aaron Carr and senior Kyle Kickery on Saturday night to help hold off a late UW-Green Bay rally as the Flames outlasted the host Phoenix, 78-71, in the Horizon League opener for both schools at the Resch Center.
UIC, which has now won four straight games, improved to 6-2 on the year with the victory, 1-0 in league play. The Flames have now also won three consecutive games in Green Bay and five of the last six from the Phoenix overall. UW-Green Bay drops to 3-6 overall, 0-1 in the Horizon League with the loss.
"This is a very good road win," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "The Phoenix really stepped up to the plate tonight and played very well. I'm proud of our guys for rising up and meeting that challenge.
"Kyle Kickert and Aaron Carr really played well for us," Collins continued. "Carr was strong both with his defense and with his offense and Kickert came in and gave us a tremendous boost off the bench."
Carr finished the night with a career-high 24 points, converting 8-of-11 field goal attempts. Kickert posted a personal-best points while also adding five rebounds.
"I tried to use my defense to pick up my offensive game," Carr said. "My teammates just did a great job of getting me the ball in good positions tonight."
Mike King came off the bench to lead four Phoenix players in double figures with 14 points.
Carr scored seven of his career-best 24 points in a key 9-0 run at the start of the second half, as UIC turned a 10-point halftime advantage into a 17-point lead just 90 seconds into the opening stanza.
The Phoenix would not go away on this night, though, using an 11-3 run of its own late in the second half to pull to within four, 75-71, but Carr would convert 3-of-5 free throws in the waning moments to seal the victory.
UIC shot 50% from the field in the contest and outrebounded UW-Green Bay, 37-34, marking the seventh time in eight games the Flames have outrebounded their oppponent.
Coach Collins' crew will now wrap up a tough stretch of five games in 10 days on Monday, Dec. 23, when the travel to meet Indiana State at 7:00 p.m., in Terra Haute, Ind.