November 25, 2014

Green Bay wins Gulf Coast opener

Green Bay Phoenix logo 2The Green Bay Phoenix held East Carolina (2-2) without a point for the first 7:48 and jumped out to a 7-0 lead.  After  ECU hit a three-pointer, the Phoenix (2-1) went on a 10-0 run to go in front 17-3 and were never tested, rolling to a 66-49 victory in the Gulf Coast Classic opener in Estero, Florida.

Senior Greg Mays scored a team-high 15 points and senior Keifer Sykes added 12 to lead the Phoenix.

Green Bay scored 10 of the first 12 points after halftime to extend its lead to 21 and the Pirates could get no closer than 12 the rest of the afternoon.

Green Bay advanced to the semifinals on Tuesday (5pm CST) against the winner of the Fresno State-Evansville game.

Green Bay out-rebounding the Pirates 37-23 and held the opposition to just 31.9% from the field.  The Phoenix shot 55.3% from the field in the victory.


Green Bay Phoenix routs Duquesne

Tesha Buck

Tesha Buck

After knocking off 24th ranked Purdue in West Lafayette last Wednesday, the Green Bay Phoenix women’s basketball team cruised to a 84-52 win over Duquesne in Green Bay’s home opener on Saturday at the Kress Center.

The Phoenix led by as many as 33 points as Tesha Buck went 6-for-8 from three-point range.  The 5’11 sophomore finished with a game-high 24 points, matching her personal best.  She hit 9-of-12 overall from the field.

Senior Ellen Edison was perfect from the field, hitting all four of her shots, including 3-for-3 from distance.

As a team, Green Bay (3-1) hit a season-high 12 three-pointers (in 21 chances).

Duquesne (0-3) closed the gap early to 21-18, but Green Bay responded with a 10-0 run to make it 31-18, then finished the half with a 9-0 run to go up 44-24 at the half.

The win for the Phoenix is their 15th straight in home openers.

The Phoenix, having played three of its first four games on the road, heads back out again to play in the Gulf Coast Showcase in Naples, Florida.  The teams first game will be Friday morning at 11am against Georgia Tech.  The field also includes defending national champion Connecticut, which is in the other half of the bracket.  Green Bay is hoping to face the Huskies in the tournament championship game on Sunday.


Green Bay Phoenix women pull road upset

Green Bay celebrates upset win / Photo - Green Bay basketball

Green Bay celebrates upset win / Photo – Green Bay basketball

The Green Bay Phoenix women pulled off a road upset, knocking off 24th-ranked Purdue 81-78 in double overtime at Mackey Arena on Wednesday night.

Kaili Lukan scored 23 points, including two free throws with 9 seconds left in double overtime, to help the Phoenix to the victory in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Purdue (1-1) hadn’t lost a home opener since 1995, snapping a 19-game streak and is 3802 all-time in home openers.

Mehryn Kraker and Sam Terry added 16 points apiece for Green Bay (2-1).

It’s the first win for Green Bay over a ranked opponent since 2011, when it defeated No. 25 Georgia Tech.  The double overtime victory became just the second time ever the Phoenix has played back-to-back overtime games and is only the second double-overtime game in program history.

Green Bay returns home to host Duquesne in the home opener at the Kress Center.  Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.


State players named to Wooden watch list

MotionW_2ColorWisconsin’s Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky join Green Bay Phoenix point guard Keifer Sykes among the 50 players named to the preseason list for the Wooden Award, which is given to the player of the year in college basketball.

All three will be on the same floor tomorrow (Wednesday) night when the Phoenix face the Badgers in men’s college basketball action at the Kohl Center.

Badgers top 25

The Badgers stayed at No. 3 in the Associated Press poll and No. 4 in the coaches top 25 poll this week.

Kentucky tops both polls, followed by Arizona.  Wisconsin, Duke and Kansas round out the top five in the AP Poll, while the Blue Devils remained ahead of the Badgers in the coaches poll.

Happ to redshirt

Wisconsin Freshman forward Ethan Happ has decided to redshirt this season.

Green Bay rolls to season opening win

Keifer Sykes

Keifer Sykes

The Green Bay Phoenix men’s basketball team used a 24-7 run to close the first half and rolled to an 88-57 win over visiting Illinois-Springfield on Saturday afternoon at the Resch Center.

Reigning Horizon League Player of the Year Keifer Sykes scored 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting to become the tenth player in program history to reach 1,500 career points.  Sykes added six assists as well.

Senior Greg Mays scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Phoenix, and junior Jordan Fouse added 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Phoenix got 32 points from their bench, led by freshman Daeshon Francis who scored 9 points in his Green Bay debut.

Sophomore newcomer Henry Uwadiae (Benin City, Nigeria) had five of the teams 12 blocked shots, with each coming in six minutes in the first half.

Green Bay returns to action on Wednesday night when they face the 3rd ranked Wisconsin Badgers at the Kohl Center in Madison (8pm).