Alec Brown Tabbed Horizon League Player of the Week

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Release: January 28, 2013
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Junior Alec Brown averaged 20.5 points per game and topped 1,000 career points last week.

By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Following a grand week in which he averaged 20.5 points per game and became the 25th member of the program's 1,000-point club, junior Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. It marks the first weekly honor for the All-Horizon League big man.

On Friday, the 7-foot-1 Brown scored 15 of his career-high 23 points in the second half to lead Green Bay to a 74-54 rout at Milwaukee. With five minutes left in the game, Brown flushed a fastbreak dunk to reach 1,000 points for his career. 

En route to 9-of-18 shooting, Brown scored on two dunks, a three-pointer and a collection of jumpers and post moves. He added 4-of-4 from the free-throw line, eight rebounds and three blocked shots in helping the Phoenix to the nationally-televised win.

Earlier in the week, Brown had 18 points and six rebounds in a 73-61 loss at Valparaiso, scoring 14 points in the opening half before seeing his minutes limited due to foul trouble.

In 83 career games, Brown has compiled 1,004 points, 565 rebounds and 192 blocked shots. The all-time leader blocked shots in Phoenix history, Brown ranks seventh in all-time in the Horizon League and needs just eight more to become the fourth player in Horizon League history with 200 blocks. With 12 more, Brown will rank third in Horizon League history.

Averaging 12.6 points (12th), 6.7 rebounds (3rd) and 1.7 blocks (2nd), Brown ranks among Horizon League leaders in five different categories. In league play, he is averaging 14.1 points and three blocks per game.

Brown has led the Phoenix to five wins in its last six games by averaging 15.3 points. Green Bay heads to the second half of Horizon League play in a tie for second place.

The Phoenix will next be in action on Thursday night, playing at UIC at 7 p.m. in a game televised by Time Warner Cable Sports32. Green Bay will then appear in the Horizon League Game of the Week on Saturday, visiting Loyola at 1 p.m.

Team Notes

  • Green Bay's 20-point margin of victory on Friday marked the program's biggest road win since 2009 and its largest margin of victory in a Horizon League road game since Feb. 5, 2005 (78-49) at Youngstown State.
  • In Horizon League play, Green Bay leads in field goal percentage defense (.361), rebounding margin (+6.7) and blocked shots (5.6) and is second in scoring defense (59.0) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.275).
  • Green Bay leads the conference in free-throw percentage (.753) and free throws made (350).
  • The Phoenix is also tied for 19th nationally in free-throw percentage and tied for 18th in free throws made per game (16.7).
  • Green Bay outscored Milwaukee 42-28 in points in the paint, 17-4 in points off turnovers, 24-10 in second-chance points and 21-0 in bench points.
  • The Phoenix grabbed a season-high 19 offensive rebounds against Milwaukee and scored a season-high 24 second-chance points.
  • Green Bay's bench has scored 10 or more points in nine of the past 10 games, including six games in a row.
  • Green Bay had eight turnovers against Milwaukee, the sixth time this season the team has committed fewer than 10 miscues.

Individual Notes

  • Brown has blocked a shot in 10-straight games and has blocked at least two shots in seven games in a row. He has now blocked a shot in 71 of 83 career games.
  • Sophomore Keifer Sykes has led the team in assists in 15-straight games.
  • Sykes has scored in double figures in 19 of Green Bay's 21 games and ranks fourth in the Horizon League in points per game (15.3).
  • On pace to become the next member of the 1,000-point club, the sophomore guard has now scored 656 career points in 51 games (12.9 points per game).
  • Sykes ranks ninth in the Horizon League in free-throw percentage (.812) and is second in free throws made (95) and attempted (117). He also ranks fifth in assists per game (4.2), fifth in assist-to-TO ratio (1.7) and third in minutes per game (34.6).
  • After combining for just 11 three-pointers last season, Brown and Sykes have knocked down 26 triples in 2012-13. The duo is shooting 39.9 percent (26-66) from long range.
  • Senior Brennan Cougill has scored in double figures in four consecutive games and six of eight Horizon League games. Cougill ranks sixth in the conference in both field goal percentage (.487) and free throw percentage (.837).
  • reshman Jordan Fouse leads all Horizon League newcomers in rebounds (2nd), offensive rebounds (3rd), blocks (t3rd), defensive rebounds (4th) and steals (4th).
  • Fouse has led the Phoenix in rebounding in 12 games this season.

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