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January 27, 2015

Green Bay Phoenix edge Valparaiso (AUDIO)

Greg Mays

Greg Mays

Greg Mays jumper with 1:43 left to play would turn out to be the games final points.  The Green Bay Phoenix survived from there, holding off the Crusaders of Valparaiso, 51-50 on Friday night at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

The Crusaders (18-4, 5-2 Horizon League) missed three shots down the stretch that would have given them the lead.

Keifer Sykes and Alfonzo McKinnie scored 11 points each to lead the Phoenix (17-4, 6-1).  It’s the 10th straight win (10-0) at home for Green Bay this season.

At 6-1, the Phoenix stay in first place in the Horizon League standings, tied with Cleveland State.  The Vikings knocked off Detroit 70-66.  In that contest, Trey Lewis poured in 30 points and the host Vikings (12-9, 6-1) erased a nine-point deficit in the second half to down the Titans 10-11, 3-3).

Green Bay and Cleveland State will play the first of their 2-game series in Cleveland on Saturday, Jan. 31st.

AUDIO: GB Coach Brian Wardle says they did just enough down the stretch :15

AUDIO: Keifer Sykes on being in 1st place in the Horizon League :11

Badger women fall to 16th ranked Nebraska – Women’s update

MotionW_2ColorThe 16th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers drained seven 3-pointers (7 for 10) and shot 61.8% (21 of 34) from the field, building a 53-31 lead at the half and going on to beat the Wisconsin Badgers 89-72 in Big Ten women’s action Thursday night.

Wisconsin started the second half with an 8-0 run and outscored Nebraska in the second half, but the damage in the first half was too big to overcome.

The Huskers were led by Tear’a Laudermill’s 24 points, 18 of which she scored in the first half.

Four Badgers tallied double-figure scoring totals, led by Nicole Bauman and Dakota Whyte with 15 points each.

The Badgers are back in action Sunday when they travel to Michigan State in East Lansing. [Read more…]

Panthers remain winless on the road – HL Update

Milwaukee Panthers logoThe UW-Milwaukee Panthers got a season-high 15 points from J.J. Panoske but fell to Oakland, 66-53 in Horizon League action in Rochester, Michigan on Thursday night.

The Panthers (7-13, 2-4 HL) saw their 2-game win streak come to an end.  They fell to 0-9 on the road this season.

The Golden Grizzlies (8-12, 3-2) were led by Kahlil Felder and Corey Petros, who scored 18 points each.

Oakland trailed 29-28 at halftime, then shot 61.5% in the second half to take control.

Matt Tiby added 13 points and seven rebounds for UWM.  He has now reached 10 or more points in 11 straight games.

Milwaukee is now 8-2 all time against Oakland.  They swept both games last season. [Read more…]

Green Bay Phoenix wins 9th straight at home (Video)

(VGreg Mays scored 20 points and Keifer Sykes added 19 points and nine assists to lead the Green Bay Phoenix to a 78-55 win over Illinois-Chicago at the Resch Center on Tuesday night.  It’s the 9th straight home court victory for Green Bay.

Sykes has now scored in double figures in 32 straight Horizon League games and in 59 of the last 61.

Mays hit 10 of 15 shots from the field.  Two of the ten were dunks, giving him 100 dunks in his Phoenix career.

Sykes season high nine assists moved him past Frank Nardi into fourth place on the schools all-time list with 474.  The program’s all-time leader in free throws made 11 of 13 to reach 500 in his career (509).

The Phoenix ( 16-4, 5-1 HL) shot 50.9% from the field for the game and held UIC to 36.5% and 1 of 10 three-pointers.

Green Bay welcomes Valparaiso (18-3, 5-1) to the Resch Center on Friday in a battle for first place in the Horizon League.
Following is coach Brian Wardle’s post game press conference.

Green Bay upset in Oakland

Green Bay Phoenix logo 2The Green Bay Phoenix saw their 5-game win streak come to an end on Thursday night, falling to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 69-66 in overtime.

Senior Keifer Sykes led four Green Bay players in double figures with a team-high 19 points, but missed key moments due to foul trouble after two second-half charges.

Oakland (6-12, 2-2 HL) missed a shot with 14 seconds left, giving the Phoenix a chance to tie the game.  But Green Bay (14-4, 3-1) couldn’t answer when Sykes missed a potential game-tying three-pointer with five seconds left.

Greg Mays added 15 points, Carrington Love 12 and Jordan Fouse had 11 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Phoenix.

Green Bay returns to action Saturday afternoon at Detroit.