GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Seniors Rahmon Fletcher (Kansas City, Mo.) and Bryquis Perine (Milwaukee, Wis.) have a 44-13 record in 57 career home games and on Monday against Valparaiso at 7 p.m., the pair will look for one more win in the last guaranteed home game of accomplished careers. They will also be looking to help their Phoenix team end its current five-game slide.
Senior Night festivities will follow Monday's contest at the Resch Center, with Greg LeSage (Radcliff, Ky.) being honored along with Fletcher and Perine. Green Bay is 9-4 in 13 home games in 2010-11.
On Saturday, Fletcher scored a game-high 22 points for the Phoenix, but a Southern Illinois layup with one second remaining left his Green Bay team on the wrong side of a 61-60 decision. It was the third time in five games and the fifth time this season that a Green Bay opponent has scored a game-winning basket with under five seconds to play.
Fletcher's career has been one of the most accomplished in school history, and he has done much of his damage at the Resch Center. The 5-foot-10 guard has averaged 14.3 points in his career at home, including an 18.5 points per game average on his home floor over the past two seasons. Fletcher has 1,633 career points, and this season has become the program's all-time leader in games started.
Perine has also had his moments at the Resch Center, helping Green Bay to upset victories and hitting a game-winning shot this season against North Dakota State.
Valpo enters Monday's contest in the middle of a closely contested race for the Horizon League Championship. With one week to play, the Crusaders are just a half-game behind league-leading Cleveland State in the conference standings.
The game will be televised live on Time Warner Sports32, with Ted Stefaniak serving as the play-by-play announcer and Dean Leisgang handling the color analyst duties.
- INSIDE THE SERIES: The Phoenix has a 24-15 advantage in the all-time series with Valparaiso, including a 14-4 mark in Green Bay. After a win at Valpo earlier this season, Green Bay has won four out of the past five games against the Crusaders. However, Valpo claimed an 84-79 win in the last meeting at the Resch Center, on Jan. 31, 2010.
- THE LAST MEETING: Led by 15 points and six rebounds from freshman Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.), Green Bay rallied from a 10-point second half deficit on Jan. 23 and downed the Crusaders 63-61, handing Valpo its lone home Horizon League loss. Junior Jarvis Williams (Milwaukee, Wis.) added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Phoenix.
- CRUSADERS PLAYER TO WATCH: Junior Brandon Wood is averaging 16 points per game for the Crusaders and is among the best guards in the Horizon League. Wood led the Horizon League in scoring a season ago and scored 26 points in the teams' last meeting at the Resch Center.
- AMONG THE BEST: Fletcher is winding down one of the best individual careers in Green Bay history, and the guard is still working his way up the all-time scoring ledger. With 22 points at Southern Illinois, Fletcher moved past Richard Sims for sixth place on the program's all-time scoring list and now has 1,633 career points. The Kansas City native is also in the top-10 all-time in assists, steals, field goals made, three-point field goals made, games played and games started.
- RECORD BREAKER: Brown blocked two shots at Southern Illinois, extending his single-season blocks record to 60. 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's home finale is one of just two home contests for the team in a nine-game month of February.