Article Image
Play
stop
Sophomore Jordan Fouse tallied 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory.
Courtesy: -

Second Half Defense Leads Phoenix to Win in League Opener

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
         
Release: January 02, 2014
Send this article to a friend Print RSS

By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – With its second-half defense forcing nine turnovers and limiting Cleveland State (8-7, 0-1 HL) to just 30 percent shooting, Green Bay (10-3, 1-0 HL) outscored the visiting Vikings 43-26 after intermission and won its fifth-straight game with a 66-55 victory in its Horizon League opener on Thursday night at the Resch Center.

Trailing 29-23 at halftime, Green Bay used a 9-0 run early in the second half to go in front with 13:11 to play, and the hosts never trailed the rest of the way. CSU shot just 10-of-30 from the field and committed nine turnovers in the second half as the Phoenix swatted five shots and tallied six steals. The nation’s second-best shot blocking team finished with eight blocks and eight steals.

The Phoenix featured terrific balance on Thursday night, with senior Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) totaling 17 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots to lead the team. Sophomore Jordan Fouse (Racine, Wis.) scored a season-best 15 points and added seven boards, five assists and three steals, and junior Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) added 15 points.

Green Bay’s lead was 58-52 with 1:56 to play after CSU’s Marlin Mason knocked down a three-pointer. After a timeout called by head coach Brian Wardle, Fouse found the 5-foot-11 Sykes on a backdoor cut for a flush in the lane. The two teams traded 1-for-2 trips to the free throw line before Fouse had a steal and a monster dunk for the dagger and a 63-53 lead.

For Fouse, his best offensive game of the season complimented another strong defensive effort, as the 6-foot-7 sophomore played impressively atop the Green Bay zone defense in the second half. Cleveland State’s top two scorers – guards Bryn Forbes (17.6) and Trey Lewis (13.8) – combined for just 19 points on 6-of-27 shooting from the field and 2-of-15 from long range.

The Phoenix finished the game shooting an efficient 55 percent from the field (22-40) and 5-of-12 from long range. After committing eight turnovers in the first half, Green Bay had nine assists and just four miscues after halftime.

Green Bay returns to its home court on Saturday, hosting Youngstown State at 1 p.m.

###

All tickets for the 2013-14 men’s basketball season are on sale now. For more information about season tickets, ticket packages and more, please visit the ticketing page at GreenBayPhoenix.com.

For the latest and most up-to-date information on Green Bay Athletics, please visit GreenBayPhoenix.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @GBPhoenix, @GBPhoenixMBB and @GBGavin.

Like Green Bay Phoenix Athletics on Facebook.
SCHEDULE
Schedule Sponsor
Sunday , September 06
Men's Soccer 
vs. Western Illinois
1:00 PM
ALDO SANTAGA STADIUM
 | Stats
 | Live Stats  
Friday , September 11
Men's Soccer 
at Grand Canyon
9:30 PM
Phoenix, Ariz. (GCU Soccer Field)
 
Sunday , September 13
Men's Soccer 
at Incarnate Word
2:00 PM
Phoenix, Ariz. (GCU Soccer Field)
 
Thursday , September 17
Men's Soccer 
at Cincinnati
6:30 PM
Cincinnati, Ohio (Gettler Stadium)
 
Sunday , September 20
Men's Soccer 
at UIC
1:00 PM
Chicago, Ill. (Flames Field)
 
Saturday , September 26
Men's Soccer 
at Wright State
6:00 PM
Dayton, Ohio (Rinzler Student Sports Complex)
 
Wednesday, September 30
Men's Soccer 
at Wisconsin
7:00 PM
Madison, Wis. (McClimon Soccer Complex)
 
Saturday , October 03
Men's Soccer 
vs. Belmont (Alumni Day)
7:00 PM
ALDO SANTAGA STADIUM
 | Stats
 | Live Stats  
Saturday , October 10
Men's Soccer 
vs. Detroit
7:00 PM
ALDO SANTAGA STADIUM
 | Stats
 | Live Stats  
Wednesday, October 14
Men's Soccer 
at Milwaukee (Chancellor's Cup)
7:00 PM
Milwaukee, Wis. (Engelmann Stadium)
 
Saturday , October 17
Men's Soccer 
vs. Oakland
7:00 PM
ALDO SANTAGA STADIUM
 | Stats
 | Live Stats  
Tuesday , October 20
Men's Soccer 
at Western Michigan
3:00 PM
Kalamazoo, Mich. (WMU Soccer Complex)
 
Saturday , October 24
Men's Soccer 
at Northern Kentucky
12:00 PM
Highland Heights, Ky. (NKU Soccer Stadium)
 
Tuesday , October 27
Men's Soccer 
vs. Eastern Illinois
5:00 PM
ALDO SANTAGA STADIUM
 | Stats
 | Live Stats  
Saturday , October 31
Men's Soccer 
vs. Cleveland State
7:00 PM
ALDO SANTAGA STADIUM
 | Stats
 | Live Stats  
ON-DEMAND VIDEO
LAUNCH PLAYER ▸
STAY CONNECTED

EMAIL
SIGN UP

FOLLOW ON
FACEBOOK

Cellcom
Fleet Farm
Menominee
Packers Shop
Prevea
S&L Motors
Ticket Star
WMMB
Gallagher's Pizza
Buffalo Wild Wings
Fox Communities Credit Union
Country Inn Suites
Bergstrom
FunDeco
Ron's Cheese
Weidner Center
WNFL