UW-Parkside Upsets Men's Basketball, 79-73|
Dec. 21, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - Over the beginning eight games of the season, UIC has faced national powerhouses such as Duke and Georgia Tech, both times coming away with losses, but performing admirably in defeat.
The Flames were faced with a challenge of their own on Tuesday night, as they welcomed upset-minded, Division II UW-Parkside and the scorching three-point touch of junior guard Gareth Malkowski to the UIC Pavilion.
Malkowski tallied a UIC Pavilion record, eight three-pointers and finished with a game-high 33 points leading the visiting Rangers to the 79-73 non-conference victory over UIC, handing the Flames its first loss to a Division II squad since 1986.
"It was one of those nights you dream of, where you let the ball go and it always goes in," Malkowski said. "It was great, an unbelievable night.
"It didn't matter where I was shooting, from as soon as I let it go, it was going in."
At one stretch during the second half, Malkowski scored 14 straight points for UW-Parkside, including three treys, over a span of 4:39 as the Flames and Rangers battled to a 63-63 tie with 8:51 left in the game.
The long-range shooting continued for UW-Parkside on their ensuing trip down the floor, as freshman guard Kyle Clark (13 points) nailed his third trey of the night with 8:11 left in the contest, giving the Rangers the lead for good at 66-63.
As a team, UW-Parkside knocked down 14 three-pointers and were 50.0% (14-for-28) from beyond the arc. The Rangers were solid from the field as well, converting 47.5% (28-for-59) from the field.
With the victory, UW-Parkside improves to 3-7 on the season, while the Flames drop their third straight, falling to 3-6 on the campaign.
UW-Parkside rode the hot shooting Malkowski in the first half as the Oak Creek, Wis., native knocked down three treys and finished with 12 points in the opening 20 minutes as the Rangers built a 42-39 lead heading into halftime.
UIC will be back in action on Thursday evening, as the Flames will host Saginaw Valley State at 7:30 p.m.