By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Junior Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) was named the Horizon League Player of the Week for the sixth time in 2013-14 on Monday, breaking the league record for weekly awards in one season. It also marks the 10th Horizon League Player of the Week accolade in Sykes’ career, tying the record held by former Detroit standout Rashad Philips.
Winners of 12-straight games, Green Bay (17-3, 7-0 HL) has won Horizon League Player of the Week honors in nine of 12 weeks this season, including each of the past four weeks. Senior Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) is a three-time winner in 2013-14.
With Green Bay beating both Oakland and Detroit at the Resch Center, Sykes may have won the award if he had only played in the second halves. On Wednesday, Sykes scored 20 of his game-high 27 points after halftime as Green Bay rallied past Oakland for an 83-69 victory. The junior added eight rebounds and six assists in the victory over the Golden Grizzlies.
In Sunday’s victory over Detroit, Sykes had just six points at halftime but scored 16 of Green Bay’s 32 after intermission as the Phoenix posted a 62-52 victory. In seven Horizon League games, Sykes is averaging 15.9 points per game after halftime while shooting 54 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from long range and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line.
For the week, Sykes averaged 24.5 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game while posting his 12th and 13th 20-point games of the season. The Chicago native is now 18th nationally and leading the Horizon League in scoring with an average of 20.8 points per game.
Green Bay will be back in action on Wednesday, playing at Valparaiso at 7 p.m. The Phoenix returns home to begin a three-game homestand on Saturday, beginning the second half of Horizon League play and hosting Wright State at 6 p.m.
- Green Bay has won 12-straight games for the first time since 1995-96.
- The team’s 7-0 start in Horizon League play is the program’s best since 1995-96.
- Green Bay shot 28.3 percent in Sunday’s win over Detroit, the lowest shooting percentage in a victory in the program’s 45-year history.
- The Phoenix ranks 16th nationally in field goal percentage defense (.383) and 34th nationally in field goal percentage (.479).
- The 34 made free throws and 41 free throws attempted on Sunday were both season highs for the Phoenix.
- Alec Brown (370) and Keifer Sykes (344) rank sixth and ninth, respectively, in career free throws made.
- With Sykes having connected on 117 free throws in 2013-14, he is on pace to break his own single-season record of 159 made free throws set last season.
- The team’s scoring average 77.8 points per game is the highest in Green Bay’s Division I history.
- During the team’s 12-game winning streak, Green Bay has nine double-digit victories and a scoring margin of plus-17.2.
- In five games Green Bay has played against the top scorers in the Horizon League, the Phoenix defense has held Bryn Forbes, Kendrick Perry, Travis Bader, Kelsey Barlow and Juwan Howard to seven points per game on 10-of-49 shooting from the field.
- Brown is the first person in Horizon League history to accumulate 1,500 points (1,546), 750 rebounds (752) and 250 blocks (281).
- With 752 rebounds, Brown is 15 boards shy of breaking the Green Bay Division I record for career rebounds, held by Terry Evans.
- Brown now owns the top-four spots on the program’s single-season blocks chart. With 66 blocks this season, Brown ranks first in the conference and 12th nationally in blocks per game (3.3).
- With 281 career blocked shots, Brown is 29 rejections away from breaking the Horizon League record of 309 set last season by Youngstown State’s Damian Eargle.
- Averaging of 7.4 blocks per game this season, Green Bay is second nationally and first in the Horizon League.
- With 148 blocks through 20 games, the Phoenix is on pace to break the Horizon League and Green Bay records for blocks in a season. The total ranks second in program history behind last season’s 162.
- Sophomore Jordan Fouse has 82 career blocks to rank sixth in program history. Junior Greg Mays is tied for tenth in history with 49 blocks.
- Fouse ranks sixth nationally in steals per game (2.7) and now has 108 in his career. He is four shy of breaking into the program’s top-10 all-time.
- With 3.2 per game, Fouse is the lone non-guard to rank in the top-10 in the Horizon League in assists per game.
All tickets for the 2013-14 men’s basketball season are on sale now. For more information about season tickets, ticket packages and more, please visit the ticketing page at GreenBayPhoenix.com.
For the latest and most up-to-date information on Green Bay Athletics, please visit GreenBayPhoenix.com
Follow us on Twitter: @GBPhoenix
Like Green Bay Phoenix Athletics