GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Senior Bryquis Perine (Milwaukee, Wis.) scored 20 points and knocked down the game-winning jumper Monday night in Green Bay's thrilling 81-80 overtime victory over Valparaiso, but his Senior Night performance also overshadowed some impressive efforts by the team's newcomers.
In fact, after Perine scored the game's opening bucket, Green Bay's non-seniors scored the team's next 34 points, helping the Phoenix build a 16-point lead. Freshman Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) scored 14 points and junior Jarvis Williams (Milwaukee, Wis.) added 10 during that stretch. A third Green Bay newcomer - freshman Daniel Turner (McCordsville, Ind.) - scored five first-half points.
Brown's huge first half, which also included seven rebounds and two blocks, sparked the best game of his freshman campaign. The 7-foot-1 center finished with career highs of 22 points and 12 rebounds while running his school-record block total to 62. He hit 7-of-14 shots from the field, including numerous jump shots and a dunk, and knocked down all eight of his free throws.
"From the start, you could see how aggressive he was," said head coach Brian Wardle of Brown. "When he gets that mentality going, he is going to be a special player."
Williams finished his performance with 14 points and five rebounds in 36 minutes. It was the seventh time in the last nine games that the 6-foot-6 junior reached double figures. He has had at least five rebounds in eight of those contests.
Turner continued his hard-nosed play, finishing with seven points and nine rebounds, including two rebounds in the extra session.
"With [Alec] and Daniel on the blocks, they are only going to get better," said Fletcher. "They will get tougher and stronger mentally and physically, and the sky is the limit for those two young guys."
Green Bay will return to the road this week, playing at Youngstown State at 6:05 p.m. on Thursday and at Cleveland State at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Below are notes from Monday's victory:
- The Phoenix improved to 25-15 all-time in 40 meetings with Valparaiso, including 15-4 in Green Bay.
- Green Bay has won five of the past six games against the Crusaders and is now 3-1 all-time in overtime contests against the Phoenix.
- Monday's game was the fourth time in the past five games that a Phoenix game has been decided by two points or less.
- Green Bay was playing in overtime for the second time this season (the first time was a 61-60 loss at UIC).
- Fletcher and Perine have helped the Phoenix to a 45-13 all-time at home, including a 10-4 record in 2010-11.
- Fletcher, Perine, Williams, Brown and Turner all played a season high in minutes.
- Fletcher played in his 125th career game and started his 120th game on Monday, more than any other player in school history.
- The senior guard has now scored, 1646 career points, good for sixth all-time.
- Fletcher has scored in double figures in 25 of 29 games this season and now has 82 career double-figure games.
- With three steals, Fletcher now has 196 for his career, ranking second all-time.
- Senior Greg LeSage started his first career game for the Phoenix.
- Brown had career highs of 22 points, 12 rebounds and field goal attempts.
- It was the freshman's 15th double figure effort and his first 20-point game.
- He is the fourth Green Bay player to score at least 20 points in a game this season, joining Fletcher, Perine and junior Steve Baker.
- Brown extended his single-season blocks record to 62 with a pair of first-half blocks.
- Brown is the only Phoenix player to start all 29 games this season.
- Williams has scored in double figures in seven of the past nine games.