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Second-half run gives 'Birds 82-47 win     Send a link to a friend

[NOV. 23, 2004]  NORMAL -- A Gregg Alexander 3-pointer ignited a 14-0 second-half run that helped lead the Illinois State basketball team to an 82-47 victory over Truman State in the ISU home opener Monday night.

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 points.

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 State.

The Redbirds will play host to Tennessee-Martin on Saturday at 2:05 p.m.

Game notes

  • 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.

[Illinois State University news release]


LDN report by Jeff Mayfield

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