Newcomers key Redbird victory
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[NOV. 15, 2004]
MILWAUKEE, Wis. --
Junior college transfers Lorenzo Gordon and Nedu Onyeuku combined
for 30 second-half points and spurred Illinois State to a 82-73
victory over Penn State in the first round of the 2004 Black Coaches
Association Classic at the Bradley Center Sunday night.
The win marked the first for the
Redbirds over a Big Ten Conference foe since a 67-47 win at
Northwestern on Dec. 18, 1996, giving the ISU program five victories
over the Big Ten.
stretch, Gordon scored 18 straight points for ISU, including the
first 14 of the second half, which erased a 37-32 halftime deficit
and forced a 46-46 tie with 13:48 left in the game. The hot hand
transferred to Onyeuku, as he scored all 16 of his points in the
next six minutes on a 20-12 ISU run that paved the way for 66-58
Redbird lead with 7:03 remaining.
Senior sharpshooter Trey Guidry
followed Onyeuku's scoring wave with 10 straight tallies of his own
and pushed the ISU lead to 11 points at 74-63, its largest of the
game. Vince Greene capped off the night with four straight free
throws, pushing his school record to 48 straight makes from the
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Gordon finished with a game-high 26
points on 10-for-15 shooting. He also added six rebounds in 33
minutes of action. Onyeuku's 16 points off the bench equaled
Guidry's 16-point effort, while Greene collected a career-high eight
rebounds to go along with his six assists.
Penn State placed four players in
double figures, led by Geary Claxton with 16.
The Redbirds will face the winner of
the Marquette-Western Carolina first-round game on Monday night at
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