By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com)
- Freshman Jordan Fouse (Racine,
Wis.) had his first career double-double and tied the school record with seven steals
as Green Bay (7-9, 1-2 HL) locked down visiting Loyola (10-5, 1-2 HL) and
posted a 58-45 win in Horizon League men's basketball action to open a
four-game homestand Wednesday night at the Resch Center.
Green Bay held Loyola to just 2-of-19 shooting with 10
turnovers to start the game and led 21-5 with 5:15 remaining before halftime.
Even when the Ramblers beat the buzzer to end the first half, they had shot
just 5-of-26 from the field and trailed 28-12. The 12 points were the fewest
scored in a half by a Phoenix opponent this season.
Sophomore Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) hit a pair of early three-pointers as Green Bay led
14-2. The Chicago native scored or assisted on eight of the team's 11
first-half field goals. He finished with 11 points and nine assists to improve
to 6-0 in his career against schools from his hometown.
In the second half, Fouse stole the show. A 6-foot-7
freshman who has started since the opener for head coach Brian Wardle, Fouse had 11 points, four rebounds and five steals
after halftime and finished with career highs in points (13), rebounds (11) and
steals (7). Fouse finished the game at 5-of-6 from the field and 3-for-3 from
the free throw line.
After Loyola had closed the margin to 31-17 just four
minutes into the second half, Green Bay went on an 8-0 run capped by a pair of
buckets from Fouse that made it 39-17 with 14:09 left. Loyola cut the margin to
15, and Fouse converted a three-point play to push the Phoenix lead to 44-26.
Back-to-back Loyola threes cut a 20-point edge down to 14
with 6:35 remaining, but junior Kam Cerroni (Sussex, Wis.) drained a three-pointer and senior Brennan Cougill (Sioux City, Iowa)
scored inside to put the game out of reach for good. Cerroni made all three of
his long range shots for nine points and added 10 points (5-6 FGs) and four
rebounds as the tandem combined for 19 points off the bench.
Led by Fouse, Green Bay's defense held Loyola to just
31.6 percent shooting on the night (18-57) and forced 18 turnovers.
Highlighting the effort was the defense on All-Horizon League senior Ben
Averkamp, who was held to just four points and committed five turnovers.
In its four-game home winning streak, Green Bay has held
its opponents to 47.5 points per game and just 33.8 percent shooting from the
field. The Phoenix also holds a plus-3.2 rebounding margin in that stretch,
including a 37-34 edge on Wednesday night.
Green Bay will host the Horizon League's other Chicago
school on Saturday, welcoming UIC to the Resch Center at 3 p.m. The game was
originally scheduled for 7 p.m. but has been moved to the afternoon as part of
Green Bay's Back-to-Back-to-Pack
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