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Wednesday, Dec. 3

'Birds win big as Guidry leads way
against Bellarmine    
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[DEC. 3, 2003]  NORMAL -- Trey Guidry had 20 points and Chris Burras set a new career high with 17 as Illinois State cruised to a 87-53 win over the Bellarmine Knights Tuesday night at Redbird Arena, improving their record to 2-2.

Illinois State used a harassing defense to frustrate Bellarmine, as the 'Birds notched Redbird Arena-high 16 steals, which led to 27 points off Knight turnovers.

Illinois State came barreling out of the gate in the first half, and when the dust cleared, the 'Birds found themselves up by as many as 23 in the opening period.

Bellarmine hung close for the first few minutes; however, Illinois State scored 10 points in under a minute, capped off by a Vince Greene jumper at the 13:32 mark to take a 12-point lead. The 'Birds also reeled off a 9-0 run, concluding at the 5:35 mark with a Guidry 3 that gave Illinois State their biggest first-half lead, at 34-11. The Redbirds headed to the locker room with a 40-23 lead.

Marcus Arnold continued to play well early in the season, as he scored the Redbirds' first eight points and led all scorers with 12 at half. Trey Guidry was also in double digits early, as he had 10 in the first frame.


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The second half saw much of the same, as Illinois State continued to shoot well from the field. At the 11:10 mark, Chris Burras was fouled as he scored, and by making the ensuing free throw, he gave Illinois State their biggest lead of the game, at 34.

Along with Guidry and Burras, Illinois State placed five players in double figures, as Vince Greene had 14, Marcus Arnold had 12, and Neil Plank dropped in 10. Illinois State shot 49 percent from the field for the game.

Victor Pierson was the lone Knight in double digits, as he had 18.

Illinois State will be in action Saturday, when they host Eastern Michigan at Redbird Arena at 7:05 p.m.

[Provided by Todd Kober,
 director of media relations,
Illinois State University]

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