Men's Basketball Meets Familiar Face In Toledo This Tuesday

Junior forward Rob Eppinger is averaging 7.0 rebounds in his last two contests.
Junior forward Rob Eppinger is averaging 7.0 rebounds in his last two contests.

Dec. 22, 2008

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CHICAGO- The UIC men's basketball team will seek to start a new winning streak this Tuesday night, as the Flames play their final non-conference road game of the regular season against Toledo inside Savage Arena.

The Flames (7-3) and the Rockets (2-8) tip at 6 p.m. Central. Live streaming audio of the game is available online at, with Adam Levinson and UIC great Kenny Williams calling the action.

UIC had a six-game winning streak, its longest unbeaten stretch since 2003-04, snapped at the hands of undefeated Illinois State this past Saturday in a 67-60 loss inside Redbird Arena.

Awaiting the Flames in their second straight road game is a Toledo squad coached by a familiar face. First-year Rockets head coach Gene Cross served as an assistant on Jimmy Collins' UIC staff for six seasons from 1996-2002, helping the Flames advance to a pair of NCAA Tournaments in the span.

In addition to his tenure on the sidelines with Collins and associate head coach Mark Coomes at UIC, Cross also played for the duo when they served as assistant coaches under the legendary Lou Henson at Illinois.

This is the second-ever meeting between the two schools. Last year featured their inaugural encounter, a 66-56 UIC win at the Pavilion on Dec. 19, 2007.

Senior guard Josh Mayo is the Horizon League's leading scorer, averaging 20.7 points per game. Mayo has scored at least 20 points in two straight games heading into Tuesday while reaching the 20-point mark or better in five of his last six contests.

For more information on the UIC men's basketball team and this Tuesday's matchup against Toledo, click on the link above for updated game notes.