By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) –Green Bay senior Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week for the fourth time in 2013-14, the league office announced on Monday. With Brown winning four times and junior Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) winning a record six weekly awards, Green Bay has won a league-record 10 player of the week awards this season.
On Thursday night, Green Bay will host Valparaiso at 7 p.m. at the Resch Center and Brown will be honored as part of Senior Night. The senior night ceremony will take place prior to tip-off at approximately 6:45 p.m.
In leading the Phoenix to road victories over Youngstown State and Cleveland State, Brown averaged 21 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. With four boards at YSU, the 7-foot-1 center also broke Green Bay’s Division I record for career rebounds.
At Youngstown State on Thursday night, Brown scored 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting to lead the Phoenix to a 71-40 victory. He also blocked three shots in the contest as Green Bay broke the Horizon League record for rejections in a season.
During Brown’s career, Green Bay has broken the program record for blocks in a season in four-straight years. Of the top-15 single-game block efforts in Phoenix history, 14 have come during the four-year career of Brown.
On Saturday afternoon at Cleveland State, Brown scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half as Green Bay jumped out to a 20-point lead and rolled to a 68-54 win at the Wolstein Center. The senior added nine rebounds and two of Green Bay’s 10 blocked shots. In five Horizon League road games this season, Brown is averaging 21.6 points while shooting 60.3 percent from the field and 64.3 percent from long range.
During his senior season, Brown is averaging 16 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game. In his career, Brown has set himself apart in Horizon League history as the only player to accumulate 1,500-plus points (1,619), 750-plus rebounds (777) and 250-plus blocks (293).
Brown now has 78 blocks in 2013-14, 12 shy of breaking his own Phoenix single-season record. The senior needs 17 blocks to break the Horizon League record of 309 set last season by Youngstown State’s Damian Eargle.
- Green Bay has won 20 or more games overall and 10 or more in league play for the first time since 2009-10.
- The Phoenix earned one vote in this week’s Associated Press Top-25 Poll. It is the second time in 2013-14 that Green Bay has received votes.
- Green Bay held Youngstown State to just 40 points on Thursday night, 38 points below the Penguins’ season average and 27 below their previous season low.
- The 31-point victory was the largest for the Phoenix in Horizon League play since 2001-02 and largest in a Horizon League road game since 1995-96.
- Youngstown State’s 40 points are a season low for a Phoenix opponent and the fewest by a league opponent since a 58-40 win at Wright State on Feb. 18, 1999.
- Green Bay ranks 12th nationally in field goal percentage defense (38.7%).
- With seven blocks at YSU, Green Bay broke the Horizon League single-season record for blocks and now has 195 this season.
- Green Bay ranks second nationally in blocks per game (7.5), trailing only St. John’s (7.8).
- The 10 blocked shots that Green Bay tallied against Cleveland State are tied for the fifth-most in program history.
- The Phoenix has blocked 10 or more shots five times this season.
- Green Bay improved to 5-1 on the road in Horizon League play in 2013-14 and has won eight of its past nine league road games dating back to last season.
- Junior Keifer Sykes is the first Green Bay player since Rahmon Fletcher (2009-11) to score 500 or more points in back-to-back seasons. Sykes is the fourth player in the program’s Division I history to score 500-plus in consecutive seasons (Fletcher, Jeff Nordgaard, Tony Bennett).
- With 529 points this season, Sykes has scored the 10th-most points in a single season in team history. Sykes totaled 539 points as a sophomore in 2012-13.
- Only Jeff Nordgaard and Tony Bennett have scored more points in a season than Sykes in Green Bay’s Division I history.
- Sykes has made 161 free throws this season to break his own single-season school record of 159 set last season. The junior ranks 11th nationally in free throws made.
- In Horizon League play, junior Greg Mays ranks in field goal percentage (61.5%). Mays made 7-of-8 shots from the field and scored 15 points at Cleveland State.
- With 57 in his career, Mays has moved into Green Bay’s top-10 in career blocked shots.
- Brown is shooting 41.8 percent from long range this season, ranking sixth in the Horizon League.
- Freshman Kenneth Lowe blocked a career-high four shots against Cleveland State.
- Junior Alfonzo McKinnie scored his first basket in a Green Bay uniform on Thursday at Youngstown State.
- On Saturday, McKinnie had five points and four rebounds at Cleveland State while also making the first three-point attempt of his career.
- Sophomore Jordan Fouse has 62 steals this season, more than any sophomore in program history. Fouse broke the freshman record with 55 steals in 2012-13.
- Fouse’s 62 steals are six shy of breaking the program single-season steals record of 67 set by Terry Evans in 2008-09.
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