Green Bay's Top-10 Individual Performances of 2010-11
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men's basketball season included numerous standout performances, with senior guards and talented newcomers all leading the way for the Phoenix at times. Rahmon Fletcher (Kansas City, Mo.) had three of the top-10 efforts, but true freshman Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) matched his accomplished teammate. However, neither could earn the top spot on the list.
With Brian Wardle's first season with Green Bay in the books, GreenBayPhoenix.com looks back at the top-10 individual performances of the campaign.
The coming out party came early for Brown and it came at one of the more hostile environments on the Phoenix schedule. Playing against a team that finished the regular season with 23 wins and in the national rankings, Brown was unfazed by the Badger frontcourt. The 7-foot-1 freshman hit eight of his 11 shots from the field and finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.
This individual performance spans three games, with Bryquis Perine shining in three games against teams from his hometown of Milwaukee. The first was a 22-point effort in Green Bay's second game of the season at Marquette. He then scored of 11 of his team-high 17 points in the first half in a win over Horizon League champion Milwaukee on Jan. 8. Perine finished his trio of strong games in his hometown with 22 points at Milwaukee in February.
Another true freshman on the Phoenix frontline, Daniel Turner (McCordsville, Ind.) finished his regular season with a great effort at Cleveland State. The 6-foot-6 Turner combined with Brown to score 20 of the team's final 24 points and lead a furious comeback on the road. Turner hit 5-of-8 shots from the field and tallied his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
In a game that helped earn him the nickname of "Road Dog" from Wardle, junior Steve Baker (St. Paul, Minn.) had a memorable first game in Hinkle Fieldhouse. The transfer made 7-of-11 shots from the field including a scorching 4-of-5 effort from long range. Baker's 20-point effort helped Green Bay lead early and rally late in a thrilling game at Butler. The junior also added a career-high nine rebounds in the contest.
Helping his team to its first road win of the season at the CBE Classic in Oxford, Fletcher scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half. Fletcher made 7-of-8 shots in the second half after a 2-for-8 effort in the opening 20 minutes, leading a comeback from a halftime deficit. The senior, who ended his career second all-time in steals, tallied a career-high five steals against the Redhawks in this contest.
5. Brown vs. North Dakota, 12-20-10
In a game for the record books, Brown followed up his strong Wisconsin game and established himself as a dominant shot blocker against North Dakota. In 33 minutes, Brown tallied a then-career high 19 points and broke the program's single-game blocked shots record with eight swats. For good measure, he added seven rebounds in the 72-68 victory. The eight blocked shots helped Brown to shatter the single-season blocked shots record later in his first season of college basketball.
4. Fletcher at Wyoming, 12-22-10
Fletcher again led his team to a comeback win on the road, scoring 16 of his 21 points after halftime to help the Phoenix rally from a 10-point deficit. The senior not only helped his team bounce back from a rough start, but bounced back himself after totaling just five points on 2-of-7 shooting before halftime. He hit each of his second-half shots, including a perfect 4-for-4 from long range, and his triple with 2:23 to play gave his team the lead for good and a win heading into the holidays.
3. Brown vs. Valparaiso, 2-21-11
Showing off the strides he had made in his freshman campaign, Brown helped the Phoenix ruin Valpo's chances for a Horizon League Championship and complete the season sweep of the Crusaders. Dominating on both ends, Brown went 7-for-14 from the field, hit all eight of his free throws and posted career highs of 22 points, 12 rebounds and 37 minutes.
2. Fletcher vs. Detroit, 1-30-11
In a bounce back revenge game against Detroit, Fletcher showed off the versatility and consistency that reflected his career with a quick start and a big finish in an 85-74 victory. The senior scored 12 points in the first half and then sealed the win by sparking an 8-0 run late with an acrobatic layup and a highlight reel three-point play. For a player that won 44 career games at the Resch Center, the 23-point, five-assist effort was one of his home highlights.
1. Perine vs. Valpo, 2-21-11
A senior shined on Senior Night and in the process lifted his team to a thrilling overtime victory. With 10 minutes to play, Perine had just two points. But then the southpaw took over, scoring 11 points down the stretch, including a go-ahead jumper with 38 seconds to play to help force overtime. The extra session was all about Perine, with his seven points being highlighted by the game-winning jumper. To watch Perine's game-winner, click here.