Jan. 29, 2005
Junior Rocky Collum scored a career-high 20 points and senior Armond Williams added 15 to lead a hot-shooting UIC squad to a 73-49 victory over visiting Butler in a Horizon League game at the UIC Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 29. It was Butler's third straight loss and dropped the Bulldogs to 7-11 on the season and 2-6 in league play. UIC improved to 10-9 overall and 5-4 in the league.
Collum, whose previous career-scoring high was 13 points, hit seven of nine shots, including five of six from beyond the three-point arc. He scored 11 points to spark a 23-6 scoring run in the second half that stretched the Flames? 37-31 halftime lead to 60-37 with 9:32 remaining in the contest! UIC out-scored Butler, 36-18, in the final 20 minutes.
"(Rocky) Collum was really good. He really shot it in," said Butler coach Todd Lickliter after the game. "We knew he could shoot it, but you pick your poison. They've got (Cedrick) Banks, who was the preseason Player of the Year, and they've got (Armond) Williams, who's a load inside. We missed (Collum) a couple of times, played off him when we were helping and we shouldn't have. But it's really difficult."
Collum, a transfer from Kankakee Community College, added seven assists and no turnovers in 32 minutes of action.
Williams was equally effective, hitting six of eight shots. The Flames shot 67% (30-45) for the game, including 71% (15-21) in the first half! Banks, who averaged 20.0 points in three wins over the Bulldogs a year ago, finished with just six points, but added five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The Bulldogs nearly matched UIC's hot shooting in the first half, hitting 12 of 20 (60%) shots and trailing by just six points after 20 minutes. But the second half was a different story. Butler hit just five of 20 attempts (25%), and the Bulldogs tallied just nine points in the first 15 minutes of the final period.
Butler also was plagued by a season-high 17 turnovers, which led to 22 UIC points.
Junior Bruce Horan returned to Butler's starting lineup and led the Bulldogs with 18 points on a season-high six three-point field goals. Junior Brandon Polk was the only other Butler player to notch double-figures, finishing with 10 points.
The 24-point loss followed a 20-point setback at Cleveland State. It?s the first time since the 1989-90 season that the Bulldogs have suffered back-to-back, 20-point losses.
The Bulldogs will close their current three-game road trip at UW-Green Bay on Monday, Jan. 31.