By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Green Bay looks to end its
four-game homestand in winning fashion and improve its home winning streak to
seven games on Saturday when it welcomes Cleveland State to the Resch Center on
Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. for the Horizon League Game of the Week. The
Phoenix has won the first three games of the homestand using stifling defense
in wins over Loyola, UIC and Youngstown State.
Freshmen Jordan Fouse (Racine, Wis.) and Carrington Love (Milwaukee, Wis.) sparked the 67-58
victory on Thursday against YSU. Fouse had 12 points, nine rebounds, three
steals and two blocked shots while Love came off the bench to tie a career high
with 11 points.
Cleveland State comes to Green Bay after a 69-57 loss at
the hands of Milwaukee on Thursday night. The Vikings were led in scoring by
freshman Bryn Forbes, who scored 16 points in the loss.
JOIN THE PHOENIX: Saturday's game is a Festival Foods Family Game with Free Throws with the Phoenix set to take place after the contest. The first 1,000 youth fans in attendance will receive a free jersey backpack compliments of S&L Motors. Youth tickets start at just $7 while adult tickets are sold for as low as $8.
PHOENIX: For fans unable to make it to the Resch Center on Saturday afternoon,
the contest will be live on Time Warner Cable Sports32, ESPN3.com
and the Horizon League Network.
Jim Barbar will be the play-by-play announcer for the broadcast while David
Kaplan will serve as the color analyst.
The game will also be carried live by WDUZ The Fan 107.5
FM and online at thefan1075.com.
The play-by-play voice of the Phoenix Matt Menzl will be on the call alongside
Cordero Barkley. Live stats will be available on GreenBayPhoenix.com.
You can also stay up-to-date by following @GBPhoenixMBB and @GBGavin on Twitter.
1. INSIDE THE
SERIES: Green Bay leads the all-time series with the Vikings 37-27,
including a 22-9 record at home. The two teams split a season ago, with the
Phoenix winning 71-67 at the Resch Center. Kam
Cerroni (Sussex, Wis.) made 10-of-16 three-pointers in the two meetings against
CSU last season, and he made 5-of-8 from long range to lead the Phoenix with 17
points in the win in Green Bay.
2. DEFENDING THE
HOME COURT: Green Bay has won six-straight games at the Resch Center on the
strength of its defense. The Phoenix has not allowed more than 58 points and
has held four opponents in the 40s during the stretch. In the last six games at
the Resch Center, Green Bay foes are shooting just 33.2 percent and averaging
49.2 points per game. Youngstown State shot just 30.5 percent from the field.
3. RESERVE ROLES:
Despite playing just three players off the bench, Green Bay got 31 points from
its bench on Thursday night. Love made all three of his shots and 5-of-7 free
throws en route to 11 points. Also off the pine, senior Brennan Cougill (Sioux City, Iowa) and Cerroni added 11 and nine
points, respectively. The 31 points scored off the bench was the second most by
the Phoenix this season and most in a Horizon League game.
• LAST SEASON'S MEETINGS: Green Bay and Cleveland
State split the season series in 2011-12, with both teams winning on their
respective home courts. The Vikings took the first game 78-68 before the
Phoenix posted a 71-67 win at the Resch Center on Feb. 21. Cerroni made
10-of-16 three-pointers and did not attempt a two-point shot against the
Vikings while averaging a team-best 16 points per game. CSU senior Tim Kamczyc
made 10-of-12 shots from the field and averaged 13 points per game.
• HOME SWEET HOME: Green Bay is 8-1 at home this
season after six consecutive victories. In the past three seasons under head
coach Brian Wardle, the Phoenix is
30-7 at the Resch Center, including a 20-3 mark since the start of the 2011-12
season. Aside from its defense, Green Bay is shooting 44.7 percent at home and
outrebounding opponents by four boards per game. Led by Keifer Sykes (55-70), Green Bay has made 57 more free throws than
its opponents have attempted. Sykes is averaging 17.1 points per game at home.
• FREE AND EASY: Green Bay is second in the
Horizon League, and its 74.9 percent from the line ranks 25th nationally. The
Phoenix is 296-395 on the season and, among teams ranked in the top-25
nationally in free-throw percentage, Green Bay has made the third-most free
throws. On Thursday, Green Bay was just 5-of-9 and had missed its first three
second-half free throws before connecting on 19-of-21 the rest of the game.
• RECORD STREAK: With a miss against UIC, Cerroni
saw his school-record free throw streak of 40 consecutive free throws come to
an end. Cerroni broke the record of 38 previously held by Matt Rohde (2002-03)
with a pair of free throws at Detroit on Jan. 5, and his streak dated back to
Feb. 4, 2012. The junior made all four of his free throws against Youngstown
State and is now 32-of-33 at the charity stripe this season (97 percent).
• KAM CATCHING FIRE: Cerroni led the Horizon
League in three-point percentage as a sophomore in 2011-12 but struggled early
this season from long range. However, Cerroni is starting to catch fire. He
drained all three of his attempts from beyond the arc against Loyola, and since
Dec. 12 at Wisconsin, Cerroni is shooting 45.2 percent (14-31) from three-point
• HANDLE THE ROCK: Since a forgettable opener in
which he committed eight turnovers without an assist, Sykes has been terrific
handling the ball. With an assist-to-turnover ratio better than 2-to-1, Sykes
has 73 assists compared to just 34 turnovers in the past 17 games. In addition
to ranking fourth in the conference in points (15.3), he is tied for sixth in assists
(4.1) and seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7).
Shooting 74Shooting 74.9% at the free-throw
line, @gbphoenixmbb ranks 25th
nationally and second in the @HorizonLeague #gophoenix #HLMBB
With 296 made free throws, @gbphoenixmbb is also 2nd in the @HorizonLeague in made free
throws #gophoenix #HLMBB
In the past three seasons, @gbphoenixmbb is 30-7 at the @reschcenter, inc. 20-3 in last
two years #gophoenix #HLMBB
Sophomore Keifer Sykes has scored in double
figures in 16 of 18 games this year and 31 of his last 35 games #gophoenix
On Thursday, @gbphoenixmbb junior Daniel
Turner made his 1st start since Dec. 7, 2011 #gophoenix #HLMBB
Freshman Jordan Fouse has led @gbphoenixmbb in scoring in two
of the past three games #gophoenix #HLMBB
Alec Brown has knocked down 9 three-pointers
this season after making just 6 total in his first 2 years #gophoenix #HLMBB
The 31 bench points on Thursday were the most @gbphoenixmbb has scored against
a DI opponent this season #gophoenix #HLMBB
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