Redbirds win in overtime against Drake
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[FEB. 15, 2006]
Illinois State went into Tuesday night's game with the intent of
ending its five-game losing streak and making up for the close loss
to Drake, 45-41, just one week ago. Three-point field goals by
Roberto Fortes and Levi Dyer were what enabled the Redbirds to earn
a 58-56 victory over the Bulldogs in overtime.
Drake took control early, opening the game with a 10-5 run nearly
four minutes into the contest. Fortes sank his second of four
first-half 3-pointers to close the gap to 10-8, but the Bulldogs
held a 23-16 advantage with 6:17 left in the frame.
ISU responded with an 11-0 run, fueled by eight Fortes points and
a Dana Ford 3-point field goal, to take a 27-23 lead. Five straight
points by Drake gave the Bulldogs a 28-27 advantage, but Levi Dyer's
baseline jumper put the 'Birds ahead 29-28 at the intermission.
Neil Plank started out the second half with a 3-point shot,
putting the Redbirds' lead at 31-28. However the lead was
short-lived when Drake's Aliou Keita began a 7-0 Bulldog run,
leaving the 'Birds to catch up with 17:11 left in the game. Dyer and
Fortes hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the 'Birds a five-point
lead with 3:58 remaining.
The lead came to a halt when Drake's Corey Bryant hit a 3-point
field goal and Chaun Brooks' laid one in with 28 seconds left,
sending the game into overtime.
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After various turnovers by both teams, Greg Dilligard scored the
first points of the overtime period with 1:45 to go, putting the
'Birds ahead 57-55. Drake's only point came via a Jacob Baryenbruch
foul shot with 22 seconds left. Khalif Ford added a free throw for
the final score.
Fortes led the 'Birds with a career high of 22 points and three
assists. Dyer chipped in 11 to go with six caroms, and Dana Ford
added 10 points and five assists. Bryant led the Bulldogs with 10
Illinois State returns to action on Saturday in an eBay
BracketBusters game at Miami of Ohio at 3:30 p.m. Central time.
State University news release from Todd Kober, assistant
athletics director, media relations]