Article Image
Junior Greg Mays scored a team-high 15 points on Tuesday
Courtesy: -

Green Bay's Great Season Ends with NIT Loss to Belmont

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: March 19, 2014
Send this article to a friend Print RSS

By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)

GREEN BAY, Wis. ( – On Tuesday night, Green Bay (24-7) played for the first time in three seasons without starting point guard Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.). The Horizon League Player of the Year missed a game for the first time in his career due to injury, and a resilient Phoenix team fell 80-65 to visiting Belmont (25-9) in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament at the Resch Center.

Junior Greg Mays (Chicago, Ill.) scored a team-high 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and freshman Kenneth Lowe (Little Chute, Wis.) came off the bench to add a career-high 12 on 5-of-7 from the field, but Green Bay could not overcome a season-high 21 turnovers against a Bruins squad that won the Ohio Valley Conference regular season title.  

Belmont led 12-11 after a quick start for both teams before the Bruins scored 16 of the next 19 points to lead 28-14 with 9:47 to play. The visitors’ lead would reach 15 points before the Phoenix responded with a 13-2 spurt to close to 37-33. Sophomore Jordan Fouse (Racine, Wis.) capped the run with a steal and a dunk. He had two steals to break Green Bay’s single-season record.

The Bruins responded by closing the first half with a 12-4 lead to take a 49-37 halftime lead. Belmont, one of the nation’s top offensive teams, shot 54.3 percent from the field (19-35) in the opening 20 minutes while forcing 14 turnovers.

The lead for Belmont reached 19 points early in the second half, and despite another Phoenix response still led by 13 (69-56) with 4:04 to play. Senior Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) scored the next six points to start a 9-3 spurt which cut the deficit to seven with 1:26 remaining.   

In his final game of his career, Brown finished with nine points and six rebounds and also swatted a shot to tie the Horizon League career record for blocked shots. He finished his career with 1678 points, 800 rebounds and 308 blocked shots.

Belmont knocked down a three-pointer on the next possession to increase the lead to 10 points. The Bruins did not reach their season averages in points, field goal percentage or three-point field goal percentage, but ultimately pulled out the win due to 23 points off turnovers.

Under fourth-year head coach Brian Wardle, Green Bay won the Horizon League regular season title for the first time in 18 seasons and finished with the most wins by a Phoenix team since 1995-96.


For the latest and most up-to-date information on Green Bay Athletics, please visit

Follow us on Twitter: @GBPhoenix, @GBPhoenixMBB and @GBGavin.

Like Green Bay Phoenix Athletics on Facebook.
Schedule Sponsor
Saturday , November 28
Men's Basketball 
at Eastern Illinois
7:00 PM
Charleston, Ill. (Lantz Arena)
 | Live Stats  | OVC Digital Network  | WNFL 92.1 FM/1440 AM  
Monday , November 30
Men's Basketball 
7:00 PM
Edwardsville, Ill. (Vadalabene Center)
 | Live Stats  | FOX Sports Midwest / OVC Digital Network  | WNFL 92.1 FM/1440 AM  
Sunday , December 06
Men's Basketball 
vs. Toledo
2:00 PM
 | Live Stats ESPN3  
Tuesday , December 15
Men's Basketball 
vs. Pacific
7:00 PM
 | Live Stats ESPN3  
Sunday , December 20
Men's Basketball 
vs. UW-Superior
12:00 PM
 | Live Stats ESPN3  
Wednesday, December 23
Men's Basketball 
at Wisconsin
8:00 PM
Madison, Wis. (Kohl Center)
 | Live Stats Big Ten Network  
Monday , December 28
Men's Basketball 
at Morehead State
6:00 PM
Morehead, Ky. (Ellis T. Johnson Arena)
OVC Digital Network  
Saturday , January 02
Men's Basketball 
vs. Northern Kentucky
1:00 PM
RESCH CENTER [Festival Foods Family Game/WMMB Trading Cards]
 | Live Stats ESPN3  
Monday , January 04
Men's Basketball 
vs. Wright State
7:00 PM
RESCH CENTER [S&L Motors Family Car Stickers]
 | Live Stats ESPN3  
Thursday , January 07
Men's Basketball 
at Cleveland State
6:30 PM
Cleveland, Ohio (Wolstein Center)
TWC SportsChannel / ESPN3  
Saturday , January 09
Men's Basketball 
at Youngstown State
6:00 PM
Youngstown, Ohio (Beeghly Center)
Thursday , January 14
Men's Basketball 
at UIC
7:00 PM
Chicago, Ill. (UIC Pavilion)
Saturday , January 16
Men's Basketball 
at Valparaiso
7:00 PM
Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC)
Tuesday , January 19
Men's Basketball 
at Chicago State
7:05 PM
Chicago, Ill. (Jones Convocation Center)
 | Live Stats  
Saturday , January 23
Men's Basketball 
vs. Oakland
1:00 PM
RESCH CENTER [Prevea Health BlackOut/Youth Jerseys]
 | Live Stats ESPN3  



Fleet Farm
Hyatt on Main
S&L Motors
Ticket Star
Gallagher's Pizza
Weidner Center
Country Inn Suites
Ron's Cheese