Men's Basketball Holds Off Hofstra, 79-71.|
Dec. 28, 2001
Tampa, Fla. - UIC advanced to the championship game of the 2001 USF Holiday Classic with a 79-71 triumph over Hofstra on Friday night at the Sun Dome. The Flames will now meet tournament host South Florida tomorrow afternoon in the title contest at 4:00 p.m.
Junior Jonathan Schneiderman paced four UIC players in double figures with a career-best 22-point effort while sophomore Cedrick Banks, who was just 4-for-17 from the field in the game, tallied his first career double-double with 13 points and a personal-high 11 rebounds. Banks also added a career-high tying five assists.
Freshman Kenny Adeleke led the Pride (5-6), who dropped their fourth straight contest, with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
The Flames (8-4) were outrebounded (46-38) for the sixth-straight game, but UIC turned 19 Hofstra turnovers into 23 points while committing just eight turnovers themselves on Firday.
The Flames owned a 10-point lead (63-53) with 5:18 remaining, but had to hold off a furious Hofstra charge to secure the victory. Rick Apodaca led the Pride's comeback bid, scoring 11 straight points in one stretch of a 16-8 run to help close UIC's lead to two, 71-69.
Senior Jon-Pierre Mitchom (12 points, 4 rebounds) would then come up huge for the Flames in the waining moments. With 0:36 remaining, Mitchom skied for an offensive rebound off a Schneiderman missed three. After getting fouled, the St. Louis, Mo., native then stepped to the line and dropped in a pair of charity tosses to make it a two-possession ballgame, 73-69.
Banks and Schneiderman would each hit a pair of clutch free throws down the stretch as UIC held on for the 79-71 victory.
The Flames led by 10 at intermission, thanks to a 11-2 run over the last 4:33 of the half keyed by a pair of treys by Schneiderman and one by Cory Little.