Gordon combine for 50
as 'Birds ground Skyhawks
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[NOV. 29, 2004]
NORMAL -- Trey
Guidry matched a career high with 27 points and Lorenzo Gordon
chipped in 23 as Illinois State pounded Tennessee-Martin 80-51
Saturday afternoon at Redbird Arena. Illinois State has now won
three consecutive games for the first time since 2002 and is off to
its first 4-1 start since 2000-01.
ISU enjoyed the friendly rims of
Redbird Arena, as they shot 32-of-67 (.478) from the field,
including a 12-of-24 showing from beyond the arc. The Redbirds also
dished out over 20 assists for the second consecutive game.
Illinois State (4-1) came out strong as
they rode the hot hands of Guidry and Gordon to a 17-4 lead to open
the game. The two each had seven of the Redbirds' first 17 points as
they combined for 17 first-half points.
The Skyhawks (1-2) would cut the
deficit to five, 23-18, with just over eight minutes to go; however,
the 'Birds finished the first frame the way they started, closing
out the half on a 9-0 run to take a 38-23 lead into the locker room.
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Tennessee-Martin would get the lead
down to 13 early in the second half, but a 13-3 Illinois State run
capped by a Guidry 3 gave the 'Birds a 23-point advantage and closed
the door on any thoughts of a Skyhawk comeback. The Redbirds would
stretch their lead up to as many as 29 during the second half.
Illinois State will return to action
on Tuesday night, when they host the Flames of Illinois-Chicago at
7:05 at Redbird Arena.
assistant athletics director, media relations,