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Phoenix Rally Falls Short to Hot-Shooting Titans

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Release: November 18, 2012
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Senior Brennan Cougill tallied eight points, six assists and six rebounds on Sunday.

By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)

RENO, Nevada (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Playing its third game in as many days, Green Bay (2-2) whittled a 26-point second half deficit down to four late in its World Vision Classic contest against Cal State Fullerton (2-2), but the furious Phoenix rally was not enough in a 93-82 setback.

Junior Alec Brown (Winona, MInn.) led the Phoenix with 20 points and Green Bay again dominated the rebounding battle (41-26), but the slow start and the hot shooting of Kwame Vaughn and the Titans were ultimately too much to overcome. Vaughn finished the contest with a game-high 29 points on 8-of-10 shooting and Cal State Fullerton shot 54.7 percent from the field (29-53) and 50 percent from long range (10-20).

The Phoenix trailed 14-2 just five minutes into the game, and Fullerton made 10 of its first 11 shots to lead 30-8 with 9:50 on the clock. Meanwhile, Green Bay connected on just 1-of-11 three-pointers in the first half and was behind 48-30 at the break. Limited to just eight minutes because of three fouls, leading scorer Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) did not score in the first half.

The deficit ballooned to 26 with 14:59 to play, but the resilient Phoenix refused to surrender. A 21-6 run by Green Bay over the next five-plus minutes included six points by senior Brennan Cougill (Sioux City, Iowa) and cut it to 71-59 with 9:10 to play.

It was still a 13-point margin with 5:53 to play, but junior Sultan Muhammad (Grand Rapids, Mich.) scored five points during an 11-4 run that had Green Bay within four (81-77) with 2:56 to play. Down six with 1:10 on the clock, Brown had a look at a three-pointer to make it a one-possession game but found the back iron. The Titans, who went 25-of-29 from the line, made all eight of their free throws in the last minute so ice the game.

Two newcomers joined Brown in double figures as key bright spots for the Phoenix. Muhammad knocked down a trio of three-pointers and finished with 11 points and six rebounds while freshman stat stuffer Jordan Fouse (Racine, Wis.) had 11 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. The 6-foot-7 Fouse is averaging 6.8 points and eight rebounds per game.

Sykes scored all nine of his points in the second half while Cougill finished the game with eight points, six rebounds and a career-high six assists. Sophomore Greg Mays (Chicago, Ill.) provided nine points and four boards off the bench.

Green Bay finally gets a day off from competition on Monday, but it stays on the road and is back in action on Tuesday night at Idaho at 9:05 p.m. CT.


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Saturday , November 01
Women's Basketball 
vs. Michigan Tech (Exhibition)
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Thursday , November 06
Women's Basketball 
vs. UW-Oshkosh (Exhibition)
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Saturday , November 15
Women's Basketball 
at Marquette
1:00 PM
Milwaukee, Wis.
Monday , November 17
Women's Basketball 
at Vanderbilt
7:00 PM
Nashville, Tenn.
Wednesday, November 19
Women's Basketball 
at Purdue
4:30 PM
West Lafayette, Ind.
Saturday , November 22
Women's Basketball 
vs. Duquesne
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Friday , November 28
Women's Basketball 
at Georgia Tech
11:00 AM
Naples, Fla.
Saturday , November 29
Women's Basketball 
at Arizona State or Villanova
Naples, Fla.
Sunday , November 30
Women's Basketball 
at TBD
Naples, Fla.
Saturday , December 06
Women's Basketball 
vs. Western Michigan
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Wednesday, December 10
Women's Basketball 
at South Dakota State
7:00 PM
Brookings, S.D.
Saturday , December 13
Women's Basketball 
vs. Wisconsin
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Saturday , December 20
Women's Basketball 
vs. Vermont
1:00 PM
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Sunday , December 28
Women's Basketball 
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1:00 PM
Dayton, Ohio
Saturday , January 03
Women's Basketball 
vs. Davenport
1:00 PM
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