Men's Basketball Topples Toledo, 66-52

Brad Birton scored a career-high 13 against Toledo.
Brad Birton scored a career-high 13 against Toledo.

Dec. 29, 2009

Box Score

CHICAGO- A balanced game by Robo Kreps paced the UIC men's basketball team to a 66-52 win over visiting Toledo at the UIC Pavilion on Tuesday night.

Kreps scored a game-high 20 points to go with five rebounds, five assists and two steals for the Flames (4-8), who snapped a two-game skid.

Brad Birton scored a career-high 13 and Zavion Neely pitched in 13 points and five steals.

The Flames broke open a close game in the second half by opening the period with a 19-4 run, eventually going up by as many as 18 and turning away a late threat by the Rockets (3-10).

"I'm really pleased with the win," said UIC head coach Jimmy Collins. "Coming off that loss to Wisconsin, we could have come in and played with our tail between our legs. It was a true sign of character to play like we did at Wisconsin and come back and compete like we did today.

"We were able to bounce back and play well, and I am pleased with that."

Both teams shot near 35 percent in the first half, but the Flames battled back with 44.8 percent (13-for-29) shooting from the floor in the game's final 20 minutes while holding Toledo to just 30 percent (9-for-30) shooting in that same span.

The Flames rebounded from a 21-16 Rocket advantage on the boards in the opening half to outrebound Toledo 24-18 in the second.

Tuesday's game marked the homecoming for former UIC assistant and current Toledo head coach Gene Cross.

UIC will resume Horizon League play this Thursday, Dec. 31 with a New Year's Eve matinee against Detroit. The game between the Flames and the Titans begins at 12 p.m. inside the Pavilion.



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