Senior guard Keifer Sykes scored 22 of his career-high 34 points in the first half as the Green Bay Phoenix (13-3, 2-0 HL) built a 20-point lead at halftime and cruised to a 79-63 win over the Milwaukee Panthers in Horizon League play Friday night at UWM Panther Arena.
Sykes hit 13 of 20 shots on the night, including 5 of 7 from three-point range. It matched the 34 points he scored against the Panthers in a 93-86 overtime victory on Jan. 12, 2014 in Milwaukee.
Green Bay shot 56.7% from the field (17-30) in the first half. Milwaukee hit just 34.8% (8-23).
Greg Mays finished with a double-double for the Phoenix (16 points and 11 rebounds), and junior Carrington Love added 15 points for Green Bay. The Phoenix also got eight points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three steals from junior Jordan Fouse (Racine, Wis.).
The Panthers (5-12, 0-3) dropped their sixth in a row. They were led by Steve McWhorter’s 21 points and Akeem Springs 18 points.
Green Bay returns home to host Youngstown State on Sunday evening (7pm) at the Resch Center.