Alexander's record 3s, Gordon's inside game lift 'Birds
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[FEB. 21, 2005]
GREEN BAY, Wis. --
Gregg Alexander buried five 3s and claimed the Illinois State
career 3-point record while
Lorenzo Gordon led all scorers with 22
points Saturday night at the Resch Center, as the Redbirds downed
Wisconsin-Green Bay 79-69 for their third ESPN Bracket Buster win in
ISU improved its overall record to
17-9, thanks to its fourth victory in the last five road games.
UW-Green Bay fell to 17-8, with only its third home defeat of the
Illinois State opened
the scoring with two straight buckets by Gordon to take a 4-0 lead.
Gordon scored eight of ISU's first 10 points as the Redbirds led the
entire first frame. An 8-2 Redbird run pushed the lead to 16-8 with
11:41 left in the half. ISU took its largest lead of the half at
26-16 with 5:12 remaining but settled for a 32-25 edge at the
intermission. The 'Birds outrebounded UWGB 17-8 in the initial
stanza while shooting 58.3 percent from the field in the game's
first 20 minutes.
The Redbirds opened the second half
with a 14-4 run, thanks to a pair of Alexander 3s, to take a 46-29
edge, their largest lead of the game. The second trey gave Alexander
sole ownership of Illinois State's career 3-point record, passing
Tarise Bryson. Alexander ended the game with 216 career 3s. The
Phoenix responded with a 13-2 run and closed the gap to six points
at 48-42 with 11:11 left on the clock.
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UWGB closed the gap to five points
twice, but that was as close as the Phoenix would get. ISU shot a
season-best 61.4 percent from the field to keep Green Bay at bay.
Gordon posted 22 points on 7-for-13
shooting and added nine rebounds. Alexander finished with 17 points,
while Vince Greene chipped in 14 tallies and eight assists. Javier
Mendiburu led the Phoenix with 19 points, and Benito Flores and Matt
Rohde tossed in 17 and 16 points, respectively.
The Redbirds return to Missouri
Valley Conference action on Wednesday, when they travel to Bradley
for the 100th meeting in the storied rivalry.
assistant athletics director, media relations,