Men's Basketball Game Preview: at Wright State - Feb. 11, 6:00 PM
CATCH THE ACTION: Saturday, Feb. 11 - 6 p.m. CT // Dayton, Ohio (Nutter Center)
Matchup: Green Bay Phoenix (15-10, 9-4 HL) at Wright State Raiders (16-9, 7-5 HL)
Where to Watch: TV - Spectrum Sports Online - ESPN3
Where to Follow: Live Stats - www.wsuraiders.com
Where to Listen: WNFL - 101.9 FM / 1440 AM
For Live in-game updates, follow: @gbphoenixmbb
Green Bay leads the all-time series 31-25, following its 78-61 victory earlier this season at the Resch Center. The Phoenix is just 10-19 in Dayton, but did defeat Wright State in last year's Horizon League Tournament Championship Game, punching its ticket to the NCAA Tournament.
Green Bay trailed by as many as 18 points before climbing back to make it a one possession game with under a minute to play. Two unfortunate turnovers (both traveling violations) by the Phoenix when it trailed by just two points turned away the chance at earning a road victory. Kerem Kanter scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, tallying the fifth double-double of his career in the losing effort. The Phoenix tied its season low in 3-point field goal percentage at 18.8 percent (3-for-16) and finished with 16 turnovers to just 13 assists. Cole Murray’s five 3s made turned out to be backbreakers and helped give the Norse its first-ever win over Green Bay.
80 OR MORE
Green Bay had scored 80 or more points in six-straight games before Thursday night and was averaging 85.7 PPG over that stretch. The 67 points scored against NKU on Thursday night is the second-lowest point total in Horizon League play this season (the team scored 56 points at Valparaiso). The Phoenix has scored 80 points or more in nine of its 13 Horizon League games this year, the most by any HL team. Green Bay leads the Horizon League in scoring at 80.1 PPG and ranks second in scoring margin at plus 4.3. Green Bay is 11-3 when scoring 80 or more points this season.
Kerem Kanter notched the fifth double-double of his career on Thursday night at NKU, tying his career-high with 23 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the defeat. Kanter has scored 20 or more points in three games this year and is averaging 20.0 PPG over his last two. He’s reached double-figures in eight Horizon League games this year and 13 games overall. He’s second on the team in scoring and ranks 26th in the Horizon League with 11.3 PPG in league play. He also ranks seventh in the league in rebounding during league games, averaging 6.8 RPG.
KENNETH LOWE KEY ON D
Senior Kenneth Lowe may be the most important person to Green Bay’s success this season, but doesn’t always get the praise as those putting up big scoring numbers. Lowe has now reached double-figures in three of his last four games, after scoring in double-figures only twice in the previous 20 games. In league play alone, the athletic forward leads the Phoenix in steals (21) and blocks (17), while also leading the team in field goal percentage at 49.4 percent (40-for-81). Lowe is second in the league in steals (1.8 per game), fourth in blocks (1.4 per game) and sixth in offensive rebounds (2.5 per game). The senior also ranks fourth all-time in program history in blocks with 126, trailing Terry Evans for third all-time at 132 career blocks.
Five players scored in double-figures for the Phoenix against Valparaiso, the fifth time this season GB has seen five players score 10 or more points. Green Bay is 2-0 in Horizon League games when that happens and 4-1 overall, with the only defeat coming against Marcus Keene and Central Michigan. In six Horizon League games this year, the Phoenix has had four players score in double-figures and has gone 4-2 in those games. The Phoenix is 8-2 overall when four players get 10 or more points this season. Only two players reached double-figures against NKU, just the fifth time this season that two or fewer players have scored in double-figures.
Green Bay knocked down a season-high 14 3s against Wright State in the first meeting on Jan. 12. Warren Jones accounted for five of those 3s and he finished with a game-high 19 points. WSU shot just 38.5 percent (25-65) from the floor and Mark Alstork went 1-for-13 and 0-for-7 from 3 on that night. The two teams combined for 34 turnovers and the Phoenix got 46 points off its bench.
Green Bay has six seniors on the roster for 2016-17, the most in over 10 years. The six seniors, led by Charles Cooper’s 14.2 PPG, are combining to score 63 percent of the team’s points. Warren Jones (10.5 PPG), Jamar Hurdle (7.9 PPG), Turner Botz (6.8 PPG), Kenneth Lowe (7.5 PPG) and Tevin Findlay (4.2 PPG) are all in their last year of eligibility in Green Bay, giving the Phoenix the most seniors on roster in the entire Horizon League. All six are averaging 16 MPG or more.
With Trevor Anderson missing the last five games, Warren Jones and Tevin Findlay have both been asked to step up and fill the void, and have both done so with a high level of success. Jones averaged 17.4 MPG with Anderson active for 19 games and has seen his minutes per game rise to 26.0 with him out for the last five. Findlay’s minutes per game average has gone from 15.6 MPG to 19.3 MPG with him out. Kenneth Lowe has also seen his minutes per game rise, increasing from 19.8 MPG with Anderson and 25.7 MPG without. Anderson was injured during the Cleveland State game on Jan. 23 and has now missed five-straight games after playing in only seven minutes against the Vikings.
Senior Warren Jones had reached double-figures in six-straight games for Green Bay prior to Thursday night, when he went 0-for-6 from 3. Jones has scored 10 or more points in eight of 13 Horizon League games this season and has made at least one 3-pointer in nine of those games. He now ranks third on the team in scoring in league play with 10.5 PPG, while leading Green Bay in assists as well. Jones leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage at 47.8 percent (22-for-46).
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