By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – For the second time during his senior campaign, Alec Brown (Winona, Minn.) had a game for the record books. For the second time, the milestone game led to Brown being named the Horizon League Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. The senior shared the award with Oakland’s Travis Bader.
Brown’s second weekly award of the season coupled with a trio of player of the week honors for junior guard Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) gives Green Bay five in seven weeks during the 2013-14 season. With five weekly awards, this year’s team has tied the 1995-96 Phoenix squad for most in program history.
On Saturday, Brown became just the third player in Green Bay history to score 40 or more points in a game, tallying 40 as the Phoenix topped Fairfield 74-58 at the Resch Center. Brown was the first player to score 40 in a game in 25 seasons, with Tony Bennett last doing so with 44 points against Wright State on Feb. 11, 1989. Ray Willis has the school record, scoring 45 against UW-Parkside on Feb. 9, 1971.
Earlier this season on Nov. 23, Brown had the third triple-double (15 points, 10 rebounds, 10 blocks) in school history and the first triple-double involving blocks in Horizon League history. He was named player of the week on Nov. 25.
Brown’s game featured 19 points in the first half and 21 in the second, and the 7-foot-1 senior made 12-of-17 shots from the field and 14-of-15 free throws. He knocked down both of his three-pointers and made his final nine shots overall after a 3-for-8 start.
During his performance, Brown set career highs for points, field goals (12), free throws made (14) and free throws attempted (15). The senior also added eight rebounds and three blocked shots, moving his career totals to 700 rebounds and 251 blocked shots.
With 1,388 career points in 107 games, Brown is three points from moving into Green Bay’s top-10 all-time and is tied for 69th in Horizon League history. He is the lone player in league history with more than 1,200 points, 600 rebounds and 200 blocked shots.
Green Bay returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 28, hosting St. Francis (Ill.) at the Resch Center at 1 p.m.
- Tennessee Tech and Fairfield combined to shoot 29.2 percent from the field (35-120) and average 20.5 turnovers per game.
- On Tuesday, Tennessee Tech shot 38.3 percent from two-point range and just 1-of-16 from long range.
- On Saturday, Fairfield made 37 percent (10-27) on threes but only 20 percent from inside the arc (6-30).
- The Phoenix has held five of its 11 opponents this season to below 31 percent from the field.
- The Phoenix improved to 37-11 at the Resch Center under head coach Brian Wardle.
- Green Bay’s 15 steals on Tuesday night against Tennessee Tech tied for the third-most in program history and were the most since Dec. 13, 1989.
- Green Bay is 38th in the country in steals per game (8.2).
- Sophomore Jordan Fouse ranks second in the Horizon League and fifth in the country in steals per game (3.0).
- With an average of 7.9 blocks per game this season, Green Bay is second nationally and first in the Horizon League.
- With 87 blocks through 11 games, the Phoenix is already more than halfway to breaking the single-season record of 162 blocks set last season.
- Of the top-12 single-game team block efforts in program history, six has occurred this season.
- Brown leads the Horizon League and ranks 16th nationally in blocks per game (3.3).
- Fouse has grabbed five or more rebounds in 30-straight games dating back to his freshman season.
- After leading the Horizon League as a freshman, Fouse is again atop the conference charts in rebounds per game (8.8).
- Since opening the season by missing his first seven three-pointers, Brown has made 16-of-27 from long range. At 47.1 percent, Brown ranks fifth in the Horizon League in three-point percentage.
- Junior Keifer Sykes had his streak of double-figure scoring efforts end at 21 against Fairfield.
- Sykes is 23rd in program history in scoring with 1,091 career points.
- Green Bay’s three losses this season are to teams with a combined record of 29-4 (Wisconsin, 12-0; Harvard, 10-1; Eastern Michigan, 7-3).
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