By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Two days after joining the program’s 1,000-point club and leading Green Bay to a third-place finish at the Great Alaska Shootout, junior Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
With six in his career, Sykes has now won more Horizon League Player of the Week awards than any player in Green Bay history and is tied for seventh in conference history.
In three games in Anchorage, Sykes averaged 24.7 points and 6.7 assists per game and reached 20 or more points in games against Pepperdine (23), Harvard (26) and Tulsa (25). Sykes knocked down 29-of-31 free throws for the week, including a 12-for-12 effort in the opening-round win over Pepperdine.
In Green Bay’s 67-59 victory over Tulsa in the third-place game, Sykes scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the second half and dished out nine assists en route to joining the 1,000-point club. Including six made field goals and nine assists, Sykes accounted for 15 of Green Bay’s 22 made field goals. He also connected on 13-of-14 free throws in the win.
Doing so in 70 games, Sykes is the third-fastest player in the program’s Division I history to reach 1,000 career points. He has scored 1,011 points in 70 games, good for a scoring average of 14.4 points per game. Since his 18th birthday on Dec. 30, 2011, Sykes has scored 926 point and averaged 16.2 points per game.
Beginning with his 32-point effort against Wisconsin on Nov. 16, Sykes has put together one of the best offensive streaks in Green Bay history. The 5-foot-11 point guard has scored 20 or more points in five-straight games, including his three 20-plus point games in as many days at the Great Alaska Shootout.
During the streak, Sykes is averaging 25.4 points and 4.8 assists per game while shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 92.7 percent from the free-throw line (38-41). He is the first Phoenix player since Jeff Nordgaard in 1995-96 (Jan. 20-Feb. 10, 1996) to score 20 or more in 5-straight games.
Sykes now has 16 career 20-point games and has reached double figures in 17-straight games, 34 of his past 36 contests and 54 times in his career.
Green Bay returns home to the Resch Center on Saturday, hosting Virginia at 4 p.m. at the Resch Center. Virginia (7-1) is coached by Phoenix Hall of Famer and all-time leading scorer Tony Bennett.
- Averaging 22.8 points per game, Sykes ranks 18th nationally and first in the Horizon League.
- Sykes has a team-high nine dunks in six games after totaling only eight dunks as a sophomore.
- Sophomore Jordan Fouse led the team in rebounding in Alaska at 7.7 boards per game and has now grabbed five or more rebounds in 25-straight games.
- Fouse also blocked six shots in the three games in Anchorage, extending his streak of consecutive games with at least one block to 29.
- Fouse is now leading the Horizon League in rebounding (9.0) and is second in both blocks (2.5) and steals (2.7).
- With 9.5 blocks per game this season, Green Bay ranks second nationally and first in the Horizon League.
- Of the top-10 single-game team block efforts in program history, five have occurred this season.
- Senior Alec Brown is 15th nationally and first in the Horizon League in blocks per game (3.7).
- Brown went to Alaska 0-for-7 from long range, but in the three games in the Great Alaska Shootout the 7-foot-1 senior went 7-of-10 from beyond the arc.
- Brown appeared in his 100th career game on Thursday and made his 100th career start on Friday. In 102 games, Brown has accumulated 1288 points, 667 rebounds and 237 blocked shots.
- After reaching double figures just twice as a freshman, Carrington Love has scored 10 or more in four of six games this season.
- Freshman Turner Botz is a perfect 4-of-4 from long range this season. Botz made a three-pointer with 2:24 remaining on Saturday to give the Phoenix a 5-point lead.
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