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.
assistant athletics director, media relations,