Ice Cold Second Half Leads to 71-54 Loss at Drake

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Release: February 23, 2013
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Iowa native Brennan Cougill scored 12 points in his home state on Saturday night.
By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)

DES MOINES, Iowa ( - Green Bay (15-13) suffered from ice-cold shooting in the second half and saw Drake (13-15) knock down nine three-pointers as both teams bid adieu to the BracketBusters with a 71-54 Bulldog victory at the Knapp Center on Saturday night.

Sophomore Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) and senior Brennan Cougill (Sioux City, Iowa) each scored 12 points to lead the Phoenix, who saw its three-game winning streak snapped in the non-conference finale. Freshman Jordan Fouse (Racine, Wis.) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds to break the program's single-season freshman record, which was set by Dennis Woeffler (209) in 1969-70, the first season in history. 

Green Bay jumped out to a quick start, with Cougill scoring eight points and knocking down two three-pointers in the first seven minutes to put the Phoenix in front 17-7 at the 13:19 mark.

Drake would respond with some hot shooting from the arc late in the half from senior Ben Simons, who scored 11 of his game-high 16 points in the opening half. Simons, who was 6-of-10 from the field and made four from long range, drained a triple at the end of the first half for a 37-35 halftime lead.

Simons made another three on the first possession of the opening half, jumpstarting a 16-5 run that gave Drake a double figure lead (53-40) at the 14:35 mark. Green Bay would not get the deficit into single digits for the rest of the night.

After shooting 46.7 percent in the first 20 minutes, the Phoenix hit just 6-of-29 shots from the field after halftime for 20.7 percent. Green Bay was 0-of-8 from long range in the second half, finishing 4-for-20 from three.

Green Bay will finish its regular season at the Resch Center this week, hosting Milwaukee on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Valparaiso on Saturday at 2 p.m.


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