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Alexander leads 'Birds to victory

ISU handles Truman State 82-47          Send a link to a friend

By Jeff Mayfield

[NOV. 23, 2004]  Lincoln's Gregg Alexander led the opening-night charge as the Illinois State Redbirds dominated Truman State 82-47. After ISU's impressive showing in the BCA Classic in Milwaukee, where they beat a Big Ten school and a SEC school, it was nice to see them get off to a good start at home.

With the pep band and the student section emptied because of Thanksgiving break, the 'Birds brought their own energy and excitement to the contest. As usual it was Alexander's intense defensive effort and his characteristic unselfish play that led the way for ISU.

Alexander electrified the crowd with two long 3-pointers; finished the night with eight points, three rebounds, one steal; and he led the team with five assists. He could have had more, but on some of his entry passes his teammates missed some bunnies.

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This team seems to have a different air about it this season. With the win, ISU now finds itself at 3-1, the best start since the 2000-1 team began the season 8-1.

This game marked the start of a six-game home stand that may go a long way toward ISU's postseason aspirations. The Redbirds will host Tennessee-Martin on Saturday at 2:05.

[Jeff Mayfield]

 

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