CHICAGO, Ill. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Visiting Green Bay (11-11, 5-4 HL) rallied from down 12 points in the second half, and when Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) drained a three-pointer with 1:41 to play Green Bay led 57-54, its first lead since 3-0. However, the Phoenix rally was spoiled by UIC (14-8, 5-4 HL), who scored the last six points and pulled out a 60-57 victory in Horizon League men's basketball action.
Leading 28-26 at the break, UIC scored 14 of the first 18 points of the second half to increase its edge to 12 points (42-30) with 13:59 remaining.
Led by Chicago native Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.), the Phoenix scored the next nine points to close to 42-39 with 10 minutes left. Sykes scored the last five points of the spurt, capping it with his third three-pointer of the night.
UIC's Josh Crittle scored in the post on the next possession, and the Phoenix missed a jumper by Carrington Love (Milwaukee, WIs.) on Green Bay's next trip gave the Flames the ball with less than 30 seconds remaining. UIC got the ball into the post to Crittle, who was blocked by freshman Jordan Fouse (Racine, Wis.) but a foul was whistled on senior Brennan Cougill (Sioux City, Iowa). Crittle made both for a 1-point lead (58-57), and the Phoenix called timeout with 11 seconds to play.
Sykes tried to split defenders and get in the lane from the right wing, but UIC's Anthony Kelley poked the ball away with four seconds left. Crittle was fouled and made both two more for the final margin.
On 6-of-10 shooting, Sykes scored a team-best 18 points and added four assists, three of which came on passes for dunks from sophomore Greg Mays (Chicago, Ill.). Mays went 4-of-5 from the field and had 10 points and five rebounds.
Green Bay shot 48.8 percent from the field (21-43) but was hurt by 16 turnovers that helped UIC take seven more shots (21-50). The Phoenix went 10-of-12 from the foul line while the Flames made 12-of-16 free throws.
The Phoenix will stay in Chicago and take on Loyola on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The contest is the Horizon League of the Week and will be televised by Time Warner Cable's Sports32.
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