Strong Effort by Green Bay's Non-Seniors Overshadowed by Perine's Heroics
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: