Harvard Pulls Away Late in Hard-Fought Semifinal
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Junior Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) scored a game-high 26 points for Green Bay (3-2), including 16 in the second half, but RV/RV Harvard (6-1) used a 10-0 run late to grab the lead and pull away for a 76-64 victory in the semifinals of the Great Alaska Shootout on Friday night. Green Bay will finish the tournament on Saturday at 9 p.m. CT, playing Tulsa in the third-place game.
Harvard used quick runs to start each half, beginning the game with a 7-0 spurt and opening the second half with the first five points to break open a 34-34 halftime tie.
With Green Bay in a 39-34 hole, Sykes went to work with three layups, the last which put the Phoenix in front 42-41. After the Crimson opened a six-point lead (52-46) with 10:08 remaining, Sykes scored six points and dished out an assist during a 10-2 run. Sophomore Jordan Fouse capped the spurt with a steal and a monster dunk to make it 56-54 with 8:02 to play.
Sykes finished the game with 26 points to bring his career total to 986 points through 69 games. The 5-foot-11 point guard made 10-of-17 field goals and added four assists and two steals in 36 minutes. He has now reached 20 points or more in four consecutive games.
With Green Bay in front, Harvard would call timeout and regroup. The Crimson went on a 10-0 run over the course of the next three and a half minutes to lead 64-56 with 3:40 to play.
On the next Phoenix possession, sophomore Carrington Love (Milwaukee, Wis.) was fouled on a three-pointer and converted all three free throws. Green Bay tried to extend the game by fouling, but Harvard made all 10 of its free throws in the final three minutes to seal the victory.
Senior Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) and Love each scored 12 points for the Phoenix in the loss. Brown blocked three shots for the nation’s leading shot blocking team, which finished with nine rejections. Green Bay has blocked nine or more shots in each of its five games this season.
Green Bay was outrebounded 40-28 by Harvard, which got 20 points from Wesley Saunders, 17 from Laurent Richard, 12 from Siyani Chambers and 10 from Steve Moundou-Missi.
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