Southern Illinois Rally Clips Green Bay, 61-60
With the Phoenix trailing by one with under a minute to play, senior Bryquis Perine (Milwaukee, Wis.) scored on a driving layup with 24 second left to give Green Bay a 60-59. The Phoenix then got a stop on the other end, but missed the front end of a one-and-one with eight seconds left, giving the Salukis another chance to go ahead.
Seck rebounded the missed free throw and got all the way to the rim for the game-winning shot with 1.0 on the clock. Sophomore Seth Evans (Seneca, Ill.) found Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) with a fullcourt pass, but the freshman's turnaround jumper rimmed out at the buzzer.
Fletcher started a 15-5 run midway through the second half to help Green Bay turn a tied game into a 54-44 lead with 7:44 to play. Junior Jarvis Williams (Milwaukee, Wis.) scored five points during the run, which Brown capped with back-to-back putbacks.
Williams had 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds in the contest while Brown gave Green Bay a third player in double figures with 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
Fletcher scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting in the opening half to help his team to a 33-28 halftime lead. The score was tied at 28 before two free throws from Turner and a three from Evans helped the Phoenix build its five-point edge.
With his 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting, Fletcher passed Richard Sims (1984-88) for sixth place on the program's all-time scoring chart. He now has 1,633 points in his Phoenix career.
Led by Williams and Brown, Green Bay outrebounded the Salukis 33-26 in the contest. The team turned 15 offensive rebounds into a 16-3 edge in second-chance points.
Green Bay will return to the Resch Center for the last time this season on Monday, hosting league-leading Valparaiso at 7 p.m. The Phoenix defeated the Crusaders 63-61 in the first meeting between the two squads. Fletcher along with fellow seniors Bryquis Perine (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Greg LeSage (Radcliff, Ky.) will be honored after the game for Senior Night.
For more information on tickets to Monday's game, please visit GreenBayPhoenix.com/tickets or call the Green Bay ticket office at 920.465.2625.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 61, GREEN BAY 60
GREEN BAY (12-16)
FLETCHER, Rahmon 10-18 0-1 22; WILLIAMS, Jarvis 4-7 3-3 11; BROWN, Alec 5-7 0-1 10; TURNER, Daniel 2-5 2-3 6; PERINE, Bryquis 3-12 0-0 6; EVANS, Seth 1-2 0-0 3; LESAGE, Greg 1-1 0-0 2; CERRONI, Kam 0-2 0-0 0; BAKER, Steve 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-55 5-8 60.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (12-16)
Carlton Fay 5-9 4-4 14; Mamadou Seck 5-9 1-2 11; Justin Bocot 4-9 1-1 10; Diamond Taylor 3-6 0-0 9; John Freeman 3-4 1-3 8; Kendal Brown-Surles 1-4 2-2 5; Jack Crowder 2-5 0-0 4; Nate Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0; Mykel Cleveland 0-1 0-0 0; Davante Drinkard 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-47 9-12 61.
Green Bay...................... 33
27 - 60
Southern Illinois............. 28 33 - 61