Sykes Claims Horizon League Player of the Week Honor

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Release: November 12, 2012
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Sykes has posted career highs in back-to-back regular season games.

By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)

GREEN BAY, Wis. ( - In two-straight regular season games, Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) has posted a new career high. In two-straight regular season games, Sykes has led his team to victory over an opponent from his hometown. Now, for the second-straight time, Sykes has garnered Horizon League Player of the Week honors, the league office announced on Monday.

Sykes, a 5-foot-11 point guard, scored a career-high 31 points on Saturday to help the Phoenix post a 72-67 season-opening win over Chicago State. He made 7-of-14 shots from the field and connected on a school-record 17 free throws (17-19). Sykes scored 22 of his 31 points after halftime to lead a Phoenix comeback and also added seven rebounds and three steals in 36 minutes.

The last player of the week honor of the 2011-12 season also went to Sykes after the then-freshman guard scored 27 points in the regular season finale at UIC.

A Preseason All-Horizon League Second-Team selection, Sykes became the first Green Bay player to score 30 or more points under third-year head coach Brian Wardle. His effort was the first 30-point game at the Resch Center since Ryan Tillema scored 32 on Feb. 23, 2008 against UIC. There have been five 30-point games by Phoenix players in 11 seasons at the Resch Center.

Sykes picks up where he left off in 2011-12, when he averaged 14.7 points per game in the last 17 contests. Now in 18 games as an 18-year old, the Chicago native is averaging 15.6 points per game.

Green Bay will be on the road for four-straight games beginning on Friday when the team begins play in the World Vision Classic in Reno, Nevada. The Phoenix plays Southern Utah on Friday at 10:30 p.m., tournament host Nevada Saturday at 8 p.m. and Cal State Fullerton Sunday at 3 p.m.


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