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Second-half drought, cold shooting sinks 'Birds

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[JAN. 4, 2005]  CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Illinois State couldn't overcome a 12-0 Northern Iowa run midway through the second half as the Redbirds dropped a 75-55 decision in Missouri Valley Conference action Monday night at the UNI-Dome.

With the Redbirds (9-4, 1-2) trailing 50-47 at the 10:22 mark, UNI used a 20-3 run, including a 12-0 spurt, to take control of the game. The balanced Panther run included points by seven different players, while the Redbirds were held scoreless for nearly four minutes. The Redbirds ended up shooting 23 percent from the floor in the second half, after shooting 53.8 percent in the first frame.

The two teams battled to a 36-36 tie in the first half, thanks to a 3-point buzzer-beater by Trey Guidry. It was Guidry's third 3-pointer of the half as he finished the first frame with 14 points to give him 1,000 points for his collegiate career. UNI led the entire first half until Guidry's heroics and led by as much as 23-15 with 10:13 left in the quarter.

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Guidry paced the Redbirds with 20 points, while Vince Greene and Greg Dilligard each tossed in 11 points.

Grant Stout led UNI with 18 points, including 10 in the second half, and collected a game-high 15 rebounds. Eric Coleman tossed in 13 points and Ben Jacobson added 12 for the Panthers.

The Redbirds return to action Thursday when they host Indiana State at Redbird Arena. Tipoff is at 7:05 p.m.

[Todd Kober, assistant athletics director, media relations,
Illinois State University]

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