GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Green Bay will take a brief break from Horizon League play on Saturday afternoon when the Phoenix travel south to Carbondale, Ill. to take on Southern Illinois at 2:05 p.m. in a BracketBusters contest. It will be the fourth meeting between Green Bay and Southern Illinois, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
The Salukis and the Phoenix have not faced each other since a neutral site meeting on Dec. 22, 1990 in the Old Style Classic. It will be the third meeting all-time in Carbondale, with Green Bay winning the last meeting, 73-60, in the opening round of the 1990 National Invitational Tournament (1990).
The Phoenix will be aiming to end a four-game slide after falling to Butler 64-62 Tuesday at the Resch Center. The game, which was won on a Butler bucket with 1.8 seconds to play, was the fourth time that Green Bay had lost on an opponent's go-ahead field goal with less than five seconds to play in regulation or overtime since Jan. 1.
Senior Rahmon Fletcher (Kansas City, Mo.) scored a team-high 18 points in the loss to Butler while freshman Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) had a strong performance with 12 points and seven rebounds. Fellow true freshman Daniel Turner (McCordsville, Ind.) added nine points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Southern Illinois enters the non-conference tilt after losing two games in a row, including a 77-72 home loss to Indiana State on Wednesday. The Salukis are led by Carlton Fay's 13.7 points per game average.
To access live stats for Saturday's game, click here. The game will also be carried in the Green Bay area on WDUZ The Fan. An internet stream of the broadcast with Bill Rabeor handling the play-by-play duties and Andrew Gavin as the color analyst will also be available on thefan1075.com.
- INSIDE THE SERIES: It has been over 20 years since these two squads have faced each other, and Southern Illinois holds a 2-1 edge in just three all-time meetings. Green Bay has never hosted the Salukis but will when Southern Illinois makes a return trip to the Resch Center in one of the next two seasons.
- THE LAST MEETINGS: The last meeting between the two teams was on Dec. 22, 1990 when Southern Illinois claimed a 70-64 victory over the Phoenix. In that contest, Green Bay's all-time leading scorer Tony Bennett poured in 30 points and the Phoenix led by 11 at the half before the Salukis rallied for the win in Chicago, Ill. Bennett also scored 26 points the season before when Green Bay defeated SIU 73-60 on the road in the opening round of the NIT.
- SALUKIS PLAYER TO WATCH: Senior Carlton Fay leads the Salukis in scoring, and like some other post players the Phoenix has faced this season, has the ability to score inside and out. The 6-foot-8 Fay scored 24 points and hit five three pointers on Wednesday and also shoots 85 percent from the free-throw line.
- TOP-10 OF ALL-TIME: Fletcher continues to work his way up the Green Bay scoring chart. With 18 points against Butler, Fletcher became the seventh Phoenix player with over 1,600 career points. Now sitting at 1,611, the senior needs just nine points Saturday to pass Richard Sims for sixth place on the program's all-time scoring list.
- RECORD BREAKER: Brown has now extended his single-season blocks record to 58. He is averaging 2.1 per game, and the freshman broke the single-season record previously shared by Larry Hill (1991-92) and Terry Evans (2006-07). Brown, who ranks third in the Horizon League in blocks per game, also holds the school records for block in a game, blocks in a game at the Resch Center and blocks in a season by a freshman.
- TOUGH STRETCH: Green Bay, who opened February with three-straight road games, is playing its fourth road game in five contests. The Phoenix, who closes its home schedule Monday against Valparaiso, plays seven of its nine games in the month of February away from the Resch Center.
- ILLINOIS ROOTS: There are numerous ties to the state of Illinois with the Green Bay program. Head coach Brian Wardle, assistant coach Chrys Cornelius and players Seth Evans (Seneca, Ill.), Terry Johnson (Chicago, Ill.) and Troy Snyder (Bolingbrook, Ill.) are all Illinois natives. Cornelius played and coached at Western Illinois while fellow assistant Brian Barone formerly was an assistant coach at Illinois State.
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