Butler Beats Illinois-Chicago, 68-65
Jan. 4, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - UIC's Jonathan Schneiderman's game-tying three-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out as Butler outlasted the Flames, 68-65, on Saturday afternoon at the UIC Pavilion.
In the first half of the game, Butler senior Darnell Archey broke the NCAA record for consecutive free throw, netting his 74th straight. He would finish the day 3-for-3 from the line.
"Butler is a very good, experience team," UIC Head Coach Jimmy Collins said after the game. "It's a tough loss because it gives them a win on the road, and us a loss at home.
"They deserved to win tonight."
With the score knotted with 14 seconds left, Lewis Curry's tip in gave the Bulldogs (11-1, 1-0 Horizon League) a 67-65 lead. Armond Williams would miss a turn-around jumper in the lane on UIC's next possession, then after he was fouled, Duane Lightfoot split a pair of free throws for a 68-65 Butler advantage with 5 seconds remaining.
After a timeout, the Flames (7-4, 1-1 Horizon League) imbounded to Schneiderman, whose leaning 25-footer hit back iron.
The loss spoiled a career-best effort for UIC's Armond Williams. The 6-foot-5 forward tallied his second straight double-double with a personal best 26 points and 11 rebounds. Schneiderman was the other Flame in double figures with 15 points.
The Bulldogs led by as many as 13 points (58-45) with 12:12 left, before a 20-7 UIC run tied the score at 65-65.
Butler owned a 40-33 lead at intermission after netting 52% of their shots in the period.
The loss was UIC's first at home this season (3-1) and the Flames have now lost nine straight to the Bulldogs. UIC is also 0-4 this year against teams from Indiana.