Green Bay Hosts Detroit on Sunday Afternoon
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Green Bay (16-3, 6-0 HL) returned home to the Resch Center in winning fashion on Wednesday night, and the Phoenix will look to extend its winning streak to 12 games on Sunday afternoon against Detroit (9-12, 2-4 HL) at 1 p.m. The Titans posted an impressive 73-54 victory at Milwaukee on Friday night.
The Festival Foods Family Game features discounted tickets starting at just $9 for adults and $7 for youth fans and discounted concession prices with $1 hot dogs and small sodas. The first 1,000 youth fans on Sunday will receive a free Phoenix jersey courtesy of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. After the game, fans can join the players on the court for Free Throws with the Phoenix and autographs.
Wednesday night’s 83-69 win over Oakland kickstarted a stretch of five of six games for the Phoenix at the Resch Center, where Green Bay boasts an 8-1 record and an eight-game winning streak in 2013-14. In four seasons under head coach Brian Wardle, the Phoenix is 43-10 at home.
Against Oakland, junior Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) continued his prolific scoring in the second halves of Horizon League games. The 5-foot-11 guard totaled 18 of his game-high 27 points in the final 10 minutes and added eight rebounds and six assists. Sykes is now averaging 15.8 second-half points in Horizon League play.
Carrington Love (Milwaukee, Wis.) was a big reason that Oakland sharpshooter Travis Bader was held to just eight points on 2-of-13 shooting, but the sophomore also had a sensational offensive game. Love finished with a career-high 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field.
GREEN BAY PROBABLE STARTERS
G – #24 Keifer Sykes, G, Jr., 5-11, 175
G – #35 Vincent Garrett, G, Sr., 6-6, 220
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
HORIZON LEAGUE 3-GAME PACK: Green Bay is offering fans the chance to purchase a Horizon League 3-Game Pack. The 3-game pack begins at just $31 for adults and $19 for youth and allows Phoenix fans to attend any three 2013-14 league games of their choice.
LIVE COVERAGE: For fans unable to attend Sunday’s game, the contest will be available on the Horizon League Network (live video) and on WNFL 1440 AM (radio) with Matt Menzl (play-by-play) and Cordero Barkley (analyst) on the call.
INSIDE THE SERIES: In the all-time series between the two programs, Detroit holds a 24-21 edge. The Phoenix has won 13 of the 21 games played in Green Bay, including a 68-59 victory at the Resch Center on Feb. 9, 2013. Sykes had 16 points and five assists and the Phoenix defense held the Titans to only 26 points in the second half.
WINNING WAYS: In the midst of leading Green Bay to its longest winning streak since the 1995-96 season, senior Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) and Sykes have performed at a high level. In fact, the two All-League performers have each scored exactly 223 points (20.3 per game) during the 11-game winning streak. Brown and Sykes have combined to shoot 54.4 percent from the field and 42.2 percent from long range during that stretch.
A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN: Brown is in the midst of the most impressive season and most impressive stretch of his standout career. The 7-foot-1 center is posting career-high numbers in points, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage and blocked shots. With four more boards, he becomes the only player in program or Horizon League history to tally 1,500-plus points (1539), 750 rebounds (746) and 250 blocked shots (275).
PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: Green Bay is one of only three teams (Arizona, SMU) in the country ranked in the top-20 in both field goal percentage and defensive field goal percentage. The Phoenix ranks 17th nationally in field goal percentage (48.7) and 20th in the country in field goal percentage defense (38.7). Green Bay has shot a higher percentage than its opponent in 16 of 19 games this season. The Phoenix has shot 50 percent or higher nine times after doing so just eight times in all of 2012-13.
NATIONAL RANKS: Highlighting its success on both ends of the floor, Green Bay ranks in the top-50 nationally in nine major statistical rankings. The Phoenix are in the top-25 nationally in five stats, including blocks (2nd), assists (16th), field goal percentage (17th), field goal percentage defense (20th) and scoring margin (25th).
PHO SLAMMA JAMMA: In 2013-14, Green Bay has tallied 68 dunks through 18 games. Led by Greg Mays (24) and Sykes (19), the Phoenix has six different players with five or more dunks. Last season, Green Bay had 50 dunks in 34 contests. The high-flying Phoenix was dubbed Pho Slamma Jamma by the Anchorage Daily News during the Great Alaska Shootout.
FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME: Love has made significant improvements since the end of his freshman campaign. Reaching double figures nine times, Love is averaging 8.4 points per game. Against Oakland, Love scored a career-high 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. In 34 games last season, Love made three three-pointers (3-23) and reached double figures only twice. This season, he ranks ninth in the Horizon League in three-point percentage (.394) and leads the team in threes made (26) and attempted (66).
SYKES SOARS INTO NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: Showing off his 44.5-inch vertical, Sykes provided a timely alley-oop dunk last Sunday that not only tied the Phoenix game at UIC but also vaulted him into the national spotlight. Sykes’ dunk off a Jordan Fouse (Racine, Wis.) pass was #4 on SportsCenter’s Top Plays of the Weekend and earned acclaim from ESPN.com, YahooSports.com, NBCSports.com and Deadspin.
SYKES SET APART: Sykes not only ranks among the leaders in numerous Horizon League categories, but the Phoenix point guard is the only player in the country averaging 20-plus points and five-plus assists while shooting 50 percent or higher from the field. His scoring average of 20.7 points ranks 19th nationally.
BLOCK PARTY: Green Bay has blocked 140 shots in 19 games this season. The 140 blocks are the third-most in a single season in program history, behind only the school-record total of 162 last season and the 142 blocks in 2011-12. With an average 7.4 rejections per game, the Phoenix ranks second nationally in blocks per game behind only St. John’s (8.5).
BROWN’S BLOCKS: Brown is having the best season of his career, which includes blocks. Averaging 3.3 per game, the 7-foot-1 senior is 10th nationally. With 63 blocks in 2013-14, Brown is on pace to break his own school record of 89, set in 2011-12. Brown now owns each of the top-four spots on the program’s single-season blocks chart (59, 63, 67, 89).
RECORDS IN REACH: Brown will be chasing a couple of records as his senior season continues. With 278 career blocks, Brown needs 32 more to break the Horizon League record of 309 set last season by Youngstown State’s Damian Eargle. The 7-foot-1 senior also needs just 21 more rebounds to break the Green Bay Division I record of 766 set by Terry Evans.
MOVING ON UP: Brown now ranks eighth in Green Bay history in scoring (1,539 points) after passing Tom Anderson (1,505) at UIC. With 27 points against Oakland, Sykes passed both Troy Cotton (1,251) and Ben Berlowski (1,255) into 14th place on the program’s scoring ledger and now has 1,268 career points.
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