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Green Bay Welcomes Bennett Home, Hosts Virginia Saturday

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Release: December 05, 2013
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By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – The Green Bay men’s basketball team, winners of three of its past four games, returns home on Saturday to host rv/rv Virginia (7-2) at 4:05 p.m. CT in a nationally-televised game at the Resch Center.

As Green Bay (4-2) is welcomed home Saturday from its third-place finish in the Great Alaska Shootout, the program is also welcoming home Phoenix Hall of Famer and all-time leading scorer Tony Bennett. During his storied career at Green Bay from 1988-92, Bennett starred for his father Dick Bennett and helped the team to the 1991 NCAA Tournament. His 2,285 career points and 601 career assists still rank first in Phoenix history.

While’s Bennett’s return will bring memories of his days as a talented player, he will return coaching an extremely talented team. He is in his fifth season as the head coach at Virginia, an experienced Atlantic Coast Conference squad sitting just outside the nation’s top-25.

Head coach Brian Wardle’s Phoenix team will be looking to build upon a strong trip to Alaska, which included victories over Pepperdine and Tulsa. Junior Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) continued his impressive play, averaging 24.7 points and 6.7 assists in three games in Anchorage, and on Monday Sykes was named the Horizon League Player of the Week for a Phoenix record sixth time (second time in 2013-14).

Saturday’s contest will be televised live on ESPNU, the fourth-straight nationally-televised game for the Phoenix. Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (analyst) will be on the call.

GREEN BAY PROBABLE STARTERS
G – #24 Keifer Sykes, G, Jr., 5-11, 175
G – #5 Lamin Fulton, G, Jr., 5-10, 175
F – #4 Jordan Fouse, F, So., 6-7, 225
F – #15 Greg Mays, F, Jr., 6-9, 222
C – #21 Alec Brown, C, Sr., 7-1, 235

AN EVENING WITH THE BENNETTS: On Friday night, the Green Bay men’s basketball program is hosting “An Evening with the Bennetts” to allow fans to hear from both Dick and Tony Bennett. The 45-minute question and answer session will begin at the Resch Center at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the event, click here.

LIVE COVERAGE: In addition to ESPNU’s coverage, fans can listen live to a radio broadcast of the contest on WNFL 1440 AM or online at GreenBayPhoenix.com with Matt Menzl (play-by-play) and Cordero Barkley (analyst) on the call.

INSIDE THE SERIES: Green Bay and Virginia have met in Charlottesville in each of the past two seasons, with the Cavaliers winning 68-42 in 2011-12 and 67-51 in 2012-13. Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) and Sykes have each averaged 11.5 points for the Phoenix while Virginia’s Joe Harris has averaged 14.5 points and made 5-of-8 threes in the two games.

QUICK GRAND: Sykes will be honored prior to Saturday’s game for becoming the 26th member of the program’s 1,000-point club in the team’s 67-59 win over Tulsa last weekend. Doing so in his 70th career game, Sykes is the third fastest player in the program’s Division I history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark (Tony Bennett - 56 games, Richard Sims - 68 games).

BUILDING BLOCKS: Green Bay blocked 26 shots at the Great Alaska Shootout, the second-most by a team in the tournament’s history. With at least nine blocks in five of six games, Green Bay ranks second nationally blocking 9.5 shots per game. Of the program’s top-10 all-time single-game team block efforts, five have been recorded in 2013-14.

SEEING 20/20: After scoring 20 or more points in all three games in Anchorage, Sykes has now scored 20-plus in five-straight games (32, 21, 23, 26, 25). He is the first Phoenix player to score 20 or more in at least five consecutive games since Jeff Nordgaard accomplished the feat in five-straight contests from Jan. 20-Feb. 10, 1996. No Phoenix player in the program’s Division I history has ever scored 20 or more in six-straight games, and the last Green Bay player to accomplish that feat was Joe Mauel from Feb. 6-23, 1980.

STREAKING SOPHOMORE: Sophomore Jordan Fouse (Racine, Wis.) has opened the 2013-14 season by extending two impressive statistical streaks. The 6-foot-7 sophomore wing has blocked at least one shot in 29-straight games. The reigning rebounding champion in the Horizon League has also grabbed five or more boards in 25 consecutive games.

TOUGH LOSSES: Green Bay has dropped two games this season, losing to Wisconsin (9-0) and Harvard (8-1) teams that have combined for a 17-1 record to date. The Phoenix held second-half leads against both Wisconsin and Harvard. Entering Saturday, Green Bay’s strength of schedule ranks 15th in the country.

MID-MAJOR POLL: Green Bay has moved up to No. 14 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll after holding steady at No. 21 for the first three polls.

FILL IT UP: Green Bay’s 97 points against Pepperdine mark the most scored by the program since tallying 106 against Northern Michigan on Dec. 29, 2005. The Phoenix scored 90 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time since the 1971-72 season when Green Bay defeated Northland (Feb. 26, 1972; 106-71) and Milton (March 1, 1972; 98-80). 

SCORELESS STATLINE: With 97 points scored and five players in double figures in Green Bay’s win over Pepperdine, it is surprising that one of the most impressive stat lines came from a player who finished with zero in the scoring column. Fouse played 30 minutes and totaled seven rebounds, six steals, four assists and three blocked shots without committing a turnover.

THIRD TRIPLE-DOUBLE: Brown recorded a triple-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots against Minnesota Duluth. The triple-double was the third in the program’s history, and the first accomplished by someone other than Javier Mendiburu, who recorded the first two triple-doubles during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. Brown became the first Green Bay player and the first player in Horizon League history to post a triple-double including blocked shots.

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