Green Bay Closes Home Slate Tuesday Night

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Release: February 20, 2012
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Senior Steve Baker has drained 52 three-pointers in his two-year Phoenix career.

By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)

GREEN BAY, Wis. ( - Winners of two games in a row and five of its last seven contests, the Green Bay men's basketball will look to close out one of its most successful home seasons at the Resch Center when it welcomes Cleveland State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night for Senior Night. The Phoenix will also be trying to keep momentum and the chance at hosting a home game in next week's Horizon League Tournament.

At 11-2 on its home floor, the Phoenix could post just the second two-loss home season in 10 years playing at the Resch Center. The 2008-09 Phoenix squad had a 13-2 record at the Resch.

More importantly, Green Bay is looking to keep momentum and give itself a chance to host a Horizon League tournament game next Tuesday. Sitting in seventh place with three games to play, the Phoenix needs to finish in the top-six in the standings to secure a home contest.

The Phoenix will also aim for revenge against a reeling Cleveland State team that won the first meeting 78-68 back on Jan. 20. The Vikings at that point sat atop the conference standings but have lost four games in a row and fallen to second place.

Two of the Horizon League's most talented freshmen will be on display Tuesday night, with Green Bay's Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) and CSU's Anton Grady. Sykes leads all league freshmen in points and assists while Grady is averaging 6.9 rebounds in league play.

The contest will be televised live on Time Warner Cable Sports32, with Chris Roth serving as the play-by-play announcer and Andrew Gavin handling the color analyst duties.

• INSIDE THE SERIES: Green Bay holds a 36-27 advantage in the all-time series with the Vikings but has dropped all three games to Cleveland State in the past two seasons. This will be the 31st meeting in Green Bay, with the Phoenix holding a 21-9 edge in home games.

• THE FIRST MEETING: In the first meeting this season, Green Bay put four players in double figures against the Vikings at the Wolstein Center but suffered a 78-68 defeat. The Vikings got 19 points from senior guard Trevon Harmon and outrebounded Green Bay 43-23 in the win. Freshman Keifer Sykes and sophomore Kam Cerroni each scored 15 points for the Phoenix.

• HOME SWEET HOME: Green Bay is 11-2 at the Resch Center this season and will be looking to finish one of its best ever seasons at the facility. The Phoenix went 13-2 at home during the 2008-09 season. Green Bay has a 21-6 home record in the past two seasons under head coach Brian Wardle.

• HISTORIC DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Freshman Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) and junior Brennan Cougill (Sioux City, Iowa) did something in Tuesday's win over Youngstown State that had never been done in Green Bay's Division I history. Sykes (17 points/10 assists) and Cougill (17 points/11 rebounds) are the first teammates to have a points/assists double-double and a points/rebounds double-double in the same game since Green Bay went Division I in 1981-82.

• CAN I SEE SOME ID?: Sykes has an impressive stretch going since his 18th birthday, averaging 14.5 points and 4.5 assists per game in 13 games since Dec. 30. Since becoming eligible to vote, the country's second-youngest player has scored in double figures in 12 of 13 games. He leads all Horizon League freshmen in points, assists and assist-to-turnover ratio and is eighth in the conference in scoring in league play.

• CERRONI STREAKIN': Sophomore Kam Cerroni (Sussex, Wis.), the Horizon League's top three-point shooter at 45.5 percent, has consistently give the Phoenix a presence from long distance. Cerroni has drained a three-pointer in 15 consecutive games and in 19 of the past 20. He is now 50-of-110 from long range this season. In league play, Cerroni is shooting 48.7 percent from beyond the arc and averaging 10.5 points per game.

• TOP THE CHARTS: Sophomore Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) has broken the program's single-game, single-season and career blocked shots records this season. The 7-foot-1 Brown has 78 blocks this season and 145 for his career, and has a block in 51 of 58 career games.  He became the program's all-time leader in the category in just 54 career games. 


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