Pair of Double-Doubles Help Phoenix to 2-0 Start

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
         
Release: November 17, 2012
Print RSS
Article Image
Courtesy: -
Senior Brennan Cougill had one of the two Green Bay double-doubles on Friday night.

By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

RENO, Nevada (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Playing its opening game of the World Vision Classic in Reno, Green Bay (2-0) jumped out to an early lead and used a pair of double-doubles to down Southern Utah (0-2) 66-54 on Friday night. The Phoenix improved to 2-0 for the first time since the 1995-96 season. Green Bay, whose game did not end until nearly 1 a.m., will be back in action at 8:05 p.m. CT on Saturday to play tournament host, Nevada (1-1).

Junior Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) and senior Brennan Cougill (Sioux City, Iowa) each scored 17 points to lead the Phoenix and grabbed 13 and 10 rebounds, respectively. Brown, who was limited to just eight minutes in the first half because of taking an elbow, registered his 12th career double-double.

In Green Bay's Division I history, there have been only four occasions with teammates recording double-doubles in the same game. Three of the four have come in the past three seasons under head coach Brian Wardle.

Getting two early three-pointers from sophomore Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.), Green Bay raced to a double-digit lead just eight minutes in and led 23-10 at the 9:57 mark. Brown went to the bench just three minutes into the game, but returned with four minutes left in the half. The 7-foot-1 All-Horizon League player had the last four points of the half and had nine points, five boards and a pair of blocks at the break despite logging just eight minutes. Green Bay led 34-24 at intermission.

Brown scored four of the first six points of the second half to push the Phoenix lead to 42-28 with 16:40 to play. The Thunderbirds used an 6-0 spurt to cut the deficit to eight and on five other occasions cut the Green Bay lead to single digits, but each time the Phoenix responded with a bucket and finished off the win.

Sykes, who scored 31 points in the opener, added 13 points and four assists while freshman Carrington Love (Milwaukee, Wis.) gave the Phoenix a fourth double-figure scorer with a career-high 11 points. Sykes was a perfect 3-of-3 from long range while Love went 5-of-7 from the field.

Led by Brown and Cougill, Green Bay had a 51-40 edge on the boards and tallied eight blocks, tied for the fifth most in program history.

On Saturday, Green Bay faces a Nevada team that won 28 games a season ago and has one of the country's top mid-major players in Deonte Burton. The Wolfpack got 19 points from Burton on Friday to rally past Cal State Fullerton 80-77.

###

Read a full season preview of the men's basketball team and watch a 1-on-1 interview with Wardle.

Full season ticket and Pick 5 packages are on sale now with the Green Bay Athletics Ticket Office. For more information and to order tickets, please call 920.465.2625, visit the athletics department offices in the Kress Events Center or access GreenBayPhoenix.com/tickets.

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

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

Like Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball and Green Bay Phoenix Athletics on Facebook.

INSIDE MEN'S BASKETBALL
SCHEDULE
Monday , January 23
Men's Basketball 
vs. Cleveland State
6:00 PM
RESCH CENTER
American Sports Network / ESPN3  | WNFL  
Friday , January 27
Men's Basketball 
at Oakland
8:00 PM
Rochester, Mich. (Athletics Center O'Rena)
ESPNU / ESPN3  | WNFL  
Sunday , January 29
Men's Basketball 
at Detroit Mercy
1:00 PM
Detroit, Mich. (Callahan Hall)
ESPN3  | WNFL  
Thursday , February 02
Men's Basketball 
vs. UIC (Student-Athlete Achievement Night)
7:00 PM
RESCH CENTER
ESPN3  | WNFL  
Saturday , February 04
Men's Basketball 
vs. Valparaiso
12:00 PM
RESCH CENTER
ESPN3 Exclusive  | WNFL  
Thursday , February 09
Men's Basketball 
at Northern Kentucky
6:30 PM
Highland Heights, Ky. (BB&T Arena)
Spectrum Sports / ESPN3  | WNFL  
Saturday , February 11
Men's Basketball 
at Wright State
6:00 PM
Dayton, Ohio (Nutter Center)
Spectrum Sports / ESPN3  | WNFL  
Saturday , February 18
Men's Basketball 
at Milwaukee
1:00 PM
Milwaukee, Wis. (UWM Panther Arena)
Spectrum Sports / ESPN3  | WNFL  
Tuesday , February 21
Men's Basketball 
at UIC
7:00 PM
Chicago, Ill. (UIC Pavilion)
ESPN3  | WNFL  
Friday , February 24
Men's Basketball 
vs. Oakland (Bud Light Night; Cellcom Food Drive; Tote Bag Giveaway)
6:00 PM
RESCH CENTER
ESPNU / WatchESPN  | WNFL  
Sunday , February 26
Men's Basketball 
vs. Detroit Mercy (WMMB Trading Cards Giveaway)
2:00 PM
RESCH CENTER
American Sports Network / ESPN3  | WNFL  
Friday , March 03
Men's Basketball 
at TBD (First Round)
TBA
Detroit, Mich. (Joe Louis Arena)
ESPN3  
Saturday , March 04
Men's Basketball 
at TBD (Second Round)
TBA
Detroit, Mich. (Joe Louis Arena)
ESPN3  
Monday , March 06
Men's Basketball 
at TBD (Semifinals)
TBA
Detroit, Mich. (Joe Louis Arena)
ESPNU / ESPNNEWS  
Tuesday , March 07
Men's Basketball 
at TBD (Championship)
TBA
Detroit, Mich. (Joe Louis Arena)
ESPN / ESPN2  
ON-DEMAND VIDEO
LAUNCH PLAYER ▸
STAY CONNECTED

EMAIL
SIGN UP

FOLLOW ON
FACEBOOK

Cellcom
Fleet Farm
PNS
Hyatt on Main
S&L Motors
Ticket Star
WMMB
Press Gazette
Country Inn Suites
Brett Favre Steakhouse
Bergstrom
Uploaded Ad
AmericInn
Weidner Center
Uploaded Ad
WNFL