By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com)
- In the Green Bay men's basketball team's six victories in Horizon League
play, there has been one constant for the Phoenix - rebounding. Including a
32-20 edge in its most recent game, a 73-65
victory at Loyola on Saturday, Green Bay has outrebounded its opponents in
all six conference wins. Leading the league in scoring defense and rebounding
has helped Green Bay enter this week's two game homestand in third place (6-4) in
the Horizon League standings.
Fouse (Racine, Wis.) leads the Phoenix in rebounding (7.3/game) and has
grabbed 10 boards per contest in the team's six league wins. In those six
games, Green Bay's rebounding margin is plus-10.0 and the team's rebounding
margin of plus-6.1 in league play ranks first.
Fouse ranks second in the Horizon League in rebounds per
game, behind only reigning Player of the Year Ryan Broekhoff of Valparaiso. The
6-foot-7 Fouse, who grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds at Loyola on Saturday
afternoon, has 169 on the season. He is on pace to break Dennis Woeffler's 44-year
old program record for rebounds by a freshman (209), set in the program's first
season of 1969-70.
Green Bay has been outrebounded in two of its four
losses, including in its Horizon League opener, a
64-53 loss at Wright State on Jan. 3. The Raiders visit the Resch Center on
Thursday for a 7 p.m. contest.
The Phoenix big men - junior Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) and senior Brennan Cougill (Sioux City, Iowa) - have helped Fouse on the
glass. Brown is fifth in the Horizon League in rebounds per game at 6.3 while
Cougill is sixth at 6.1 boards per contest. Fouse (2.3/gm), Cougill (2.1) and
Brown (2.0) are all in the top-5 in the conference in offensive rebounds per
Aside from hosting Wright State, Green
Bay will also welcome Detroit to the Resch Center this week. The Titans
visit on Saturday at 1 p.m. for a Festival Foods Family Game, with tickets
starting at just $7 for youth and $8 for adults. The first 1,500 youth fans
will receive a Phoenix replica jersey compliments of the Wisconsin Milk
- In Horizon League play, Green Bay leads in scoring
defense (60.0), field goal percentage defense (.379), rebounding margin (+6.1)
and blocked shots (5.5).
- Green Bay leads the conference in free throws
made (375) and is second in free-throw percentage (.749). The Phoenix ranks 23rd
nationally in free-throw percentage.
- Green Bay's bench has scored 10 or more points
in eight-straight and 11 of 12 games, and has reached 20 or more in three
consecutive contests. In that three-game stretch, the Phoenix reserves have
outscored their counterparts 68-12.
- The Phoenix had seven players score against
Loyola, but none of them was named Keifer Sykes, the team's leading scorer who
was limited to just 16 minutes due to injury.
- Eight different Phoenix players dished out an
assist at Loyola as Green Bay finished with 16 assists.
- With 104 team blocks, Green Bay has the
fourth-most blocked shots in team history. The 2011-12 Phoenix broke the school
record with 142 rejections.
- Junior Alec Brown scored a career high for the
second time in three games on Saturday at Loyola, at one point making nine
shots in a row.
- Brown now has 1,038 points, 571 rebounds and 193
blocks in his career.
- The program's all-time leader in blocked shots
is tied with Evansville's Sascha Hupmann for sixth on the Horizon League's
all-time blocks ledger.
- Brown has scored 20 or more points four times
this season and nine times in his Phoenix career.
- The 7-foot-1 Brown had made just 6-of-25
three-pointers in his first two seasons but has now connected on 14-of-36 this
season (38.9 percent).
- Freshman Jordan Fouse is on pace to set Green
Bay freshman records for rebounds and steals. He has 169 rebounds and 37 steals
on the season.
- Fouse played a career-high 38 minutes at Loyola
and grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds. He also led the Phoenix in assists (4)
and steals (3).
- The 6-foot-7 Fouse leads all Horizon League
newcomers in rebounds, blocks and steals and ranks second, third and tied for
fourth, respectively in those categories.
- Fouse has grabbed 10 or more rebounds five times
and has led the Phoenix in rebounding 13 times.
- Sophomore Keifer Sykes was held scoreless for
the first time in his career due to limited playing time and saw his scoring
average dip to 14.7 points per game. He still ranks fifth in the Horizon League
- Sykes also ranks among league leaders in free
throw percentage (10th), assists (5th), assist-to-TO ratio (6th) and minutes
- Senior Brennan Cougill snapped a streak of
13-straight misses from long range at Loyola, hitting one to put the Phoenix in
front 63-57 late in the game.
- Sophomore transfer Cole Stefan entered Saturday's
game at Loyola with just 12 points in eight games played. Stefan had 13 points
in the win, making 3-of-5 three-pointers.
- Junior Sultan Muhammad played point guard in
relief of Sykes and stepped up big on Saturday, scoring 14 points and adding
three assists and zero turnovers. Muhammad had 11 of his 14 points after
- Sophomore Greg Mays went 6-for-8 from the field
last week and is now shooting 69.0 percent (20-29) in Horizon League play.
- Mays reached double figures for the fourth time
this season (3 in league play) with 10 points at UIC.
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