In a bid for their first win of any kind in 2010, UIC men's basketball (5-16, 1-11 Horizon League) came up short Thursday night at the UIC Pavilion, buckling against a 10-12 Cleveland State team that out-shot a plagued Flames offense.
Despite going 20 for 56 from the floor as a team, Jeremy Buttell, who averaged 17 ppg in the team's previous seven outings, contributed 17 points and a double-double with Zavion Neely adding 17 more. Tres were an even sorer spot with the team making just 1 of 11 in the second half and 5 of 23 overall. A determined Buttell pulled the Flames to within five in the opening of the games' second half but the battered Flames just couldn't hold on.
The Flames were out-rebounded 35-32 including seven boards from UIC junior K.C. Robbins but managed to pull in 15 offensive boards. 10 of those 15 turned into second chance buckets against a sharp-shooting CSU squad that hit .528 from the floor and lead for the length of the contest.
Senior Flame forward Brad Birton was out with a left shoulder injury, and Chris Buchanan filled in off the bench with five points.
UIC has struggled to shoot the ball this season going .375 from the floor and .277 outside the arc for the year compared with .431 and .359 respectively for CSU.
Trevon Harmon added 17 points for the Vikings, while D'Aundray Brown contributed 15 and 9 boards. Second-ranked Horizon League scorer Norris Cole added 13 tallies for CSU.
The Flames face Youngstown State (8-14, 2-10 HL) at home 3pm Saturday where they will be looking to snap their skid against a similarly matched YSU team that beat UIC on the road in early January.