Green Bay's Furious Rally Falls Short at Cleveland State
CLEVELAND, Ohio (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Freshmen Daniel Turner (McCordsville, Ind.) and Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) combined for 26 points and 19 rebounds to lead a furious rally by visiting Green Bay (14-17, 8-10 HL) Saturday afternoon, but senior Norris Cole and Cleveland State (24-7, 13-5 HL) held off the Phoenix in a 64-57 win at the Wolstein Center.
Green Bay was looking to spoil a team's bid at a share of the Horizon League Championship for the second time in six days, but the Phoenix dug themselves a hole early due to a tough start offensively. The visitors started 1-of-16 from the field and trailed 19-4 with 12:32 remaining.
Aided by an 8-for-8 effort at the line, Green Bay trailed just 28-17 at the break despite shooting just 19 percent (4-21). The Phoenix held CSU to 39.3 percent shooting and only two free throws.
With four points from senior Rahmon Fletcher (Kansas City, Mo.) and a three-pointer by sophomore Seth Evans (Seneca, Ill.), the Phoenix came out of the break on a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to four (28-24) with 17:53 to play.
Evans finished the game with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and knocked down a pair of three-pointers in a season-high 32 minutes of action.
Cleveland State responded to again increase its lead to double figures, and the Vikings led 48-33 with 10:32 to play. Getting six points from Brown and five from Turner, Green Bay went on an 18-5 run over the next six minutes. Two free throws from Brown made it 53-51 with 4:05 to play, and Turner had a chance to tie it on the team's next possession but missed a pair from the line.
Brown had 13 points and seven rebounds while hitting all nine of his free throws, and Turner had 13 points and 12 rebounds for his second career double-double.
Cole, the likely Horizon League Player of the Year, scored the next eight points for the Vikings to help stave off the Phoenix rally. The senior guard finished the game with 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to lead the Vikings.
Green Bay hit 13-of-26 shots from the field in the second half to increase its overall shooting percentage to 36.2 percent. The Phoenix finished the game 20-of-24 from the free-throw line.
Fletcher gave the Phoenix a fourth player in double figures with 10 points and in the process passed Mike Schactner for fifth place on the program's all-time scoring list.
With the regular season in the books, Green Bay will begin the Horizon League Tournament on Tuesday as the seventh seed and will play an opening round game at sixth-seeded Wright State at 6 p.m.
CLEVELAND STATE 64, GREEN BAY 57
GREEN BAY (14-17, 8-10 HL)
BROWN, Alec 2-9 9-9 13; TURNER, Daniel 5-8 2-4 13; EVANS, Seth 4-5 2-3 12; FLETCHER, Rahmon 4-10 2-2 10; PERINE, Bryquis 0-6 4-4 4; BAKER, Steve 1-3 0-0 2; LESAGE, Greg 1-4 0-0 2; WILLIAMS, Jarvis 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 17-47 20-24 57.
CLEVELAND STATE (24-7, 13-5 HL)
COLE, Norris 7-15 7-8 22; POGUE, Aaron 5-5 2-3 12; HARMON, Trevon 3-9 4-4 11; KAMCZYC, Tim 3-5 0-0 8; MONTGOMERY, Jeremy 3-9 0-0 7; LATAS, Joe 1-2 2-2 4; NDAYE, Luda 0-1 0-0 0; MCCOY, Josh 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 22-49 15-17 64.
Green Bay...................... 17
40 - 57
Cleveland State............... 28 36 - 64