The Redbirds (3-1) were led again by
the stellar play of Lorenzo Gordon, who had 16 points and five
rebounds, while Vince Greene chipped in 14 points and five assists.
The Redbirds jumped out to an early 8-0
lead thanks to a layup by Gordon and 3-pointers from Trey Guidry,
who totaled 10 points, and Alexander, who finished with eight.
Illinois State extended its lead to
14 at halftime, 33-19, with Gordon and Greene each chipping in 10
The Redbird lead extended even
further in the second half. Neil Plank's 3-pointer and Greg
Dilligard's layup made the score 44-23, but Truman State answered
with a 10-0 run of its own, with Matt Brock and Austin Kirby each
hitting a 3 during that stretch. The lead was cut to 44-33, until
Alexander ended the run with his trey.
Alexander's basket started the 14-0
run for the 'Birds and they never looked back. Dilligard's dunk off
his own steal ignited the Redbird Arena crowd and gave the home team
a 58-33 advantage.
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Mike Oppland's 12 points led Truman
The Redbirds will play host to
Tennessee-Martin on Saturday at 2:05 p.m.
- Trey Guidry's 3-pointer in the
first quarter extended the Redbirds' streak of consecutive games
with a 3-pointer made to 145.
- Guidry's eight rebounds against
Truman State were a single-game career-high for the senior.
- Vince Greene extended his streak
of consecutive free throws made to 54 by going 2-for-2 from behind
the charity stripe against Truman State.
State University news release]
LDN report by Jeff