December 18, 2014

Quick start lifts the Green Bay Phoenix to victory

Brian Wardle

Brian Wardle

The Green Bay Phoenix (8-2) jumped out to a 12-0 lead on Wednesday night and cruised to a 66-50 win over Morehead State at the Resch Center.

Senior guard Keifer Sykes scored a game-high 17 points and Carrington Love added 12 points and five assists in the win.  Love went 5 for 7 from the field, reaching double figures for the third straight game.

The Phoenix held Morehead State to just 33% shooting from the floor, winning for the third straight game.

Brian Wardle’s Phoenix attempted 24 free throws in the first half and led 36-27 at halftime.  The opened the second half with an 11-4 run and Morehead state would get no closer than 13 points the rest of the night.

Green Bay returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 21 in Las Vegas, facing Arkansas-Little Rock (1pm) in the opening game of the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic.

Green Bay men & women earn victories

Green Bay Phoenix logo 2Keifer Sykes poured in 18 first half points and finished with a game high 23 to lead the Green Bay Phoenix (7-2) to a 64-48 win over the Drake Bulldogs at the Resch Center on Saturday.

Sykes also added four of Green Bay’s 14 steals, which is just two shy of the program’s single-game record.

Jordan Fouse scored 13 points and added a game-high eight rebounds and Carrington Love added 12 points and a career high seven assists in the Green Bay victory.

The Phoenix returns to the home court this Wednesday, hosting Morehead State at the Resch Center (7pm).

Green Bay women top Wisconsin

The Green Bay Phoenix women’s team got 17 points from Megan Lukan and knocked off in-state rival Wisconsin 53-43 at the Kress Center on Saturday night.

The Badgers pulled out last season’s matchup 65-61 in overtime at the Kohl Center, but the Phoenix rebounded Saturday and now has five wins in the last six games in the series with the Badgers.

The Phoenix (8-2) shot just 35% from the field and made only 1 of 19 three-point attempts. Their 53 points is a season low, 20 points below Green Bay’s season average. Wisconsin hit 34% from the field and only 3 of 21 from beyond the arc.

Green Bay Phoenix rebound for road victory, Badgers win

Green Bay Phoenix logo 2The Green Bay Phoenix rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half and held on for a 77-75 win over South Dakota State on Wednesday night in Brookings, South Dakota.

The Phoenix (7-2) outscored the Jack Rabbits 25-13 over the final 9 minutes after getting down 62-52 in a matchup of top mid-major programs.

South Dakota State freshman guard Macy Miller scored a game-high 23 points.  Mehryn Kraker had 17 points and Tesha Buck 14 to lead the Phoenix.

Green Bay now plays host to Wisconsin in women’s action on Saturday night at the Kress Center.

Wisconsin got 14 points and 14 rebounds from fifth-year senior Cassie Rochel to lead the Badgers to a 51-48 victory over the Florida Gators in Gainesville.

The Badgers won their second straight game and improved to 3-5 on the season.

Green Bay Phoenix fall on the road

Green Bay Phoenix logo 2R.J. Hunter scored 26 points and Georgia State rolled to a 72-48 win over the Green Bay Phoenix in a matchup between two of the nation’s top mid-major teams in Atlanta.

The Panthers (6-2) also got 17 points from Ryan Harrow and 11 points and 11 rebounds from T.J. Shipes as Georgia State has put together a five-game winning streak.

Green Bay entered the game number-1 in the RPI rankings, but they fell behind right from the opening tip and never caught up.  The Phoenix (5-2) trailed 42-18 at halftime and trailed by as many as 31 points midway through the second half.

Keifer Sykes had 16 points for Green Bay, who now travels to Florida to face 15th ranked Miami on Saturday.


Green Bay off to best start since 1990-91

Keifer Sykes

Keifer Sykes

The Green Bay Phoenix improved to 5-1 with a 78-52 win over Minnesota-Duluth at the Resch Center on Monday night.  The victory gives the Phoenix their best start since the 1990-91 season when they rolled out of the gates by winning the first seven games.

Green Bay shot 51% from the field for the game and a season-best 54.5% from behind the arc.

Senior Keifer Sykes had 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting.  Sykes played in his 100th career game and has now scored 1,595 career points.

Fellow senior Greg Mays added 13 points.

Green Bay hits the road for two games.  They’ll play Thursday night at Georgia State and Saturday afternoon at 15th ranked Miami.