Senior forward Greg Mays had a career high 34 points, 26 of the 34 by halftime to lead the Green Bay Phoenix to a
96-76 Horizon League victory over visiting Detroit (12-17, 5-9 HL) at the Resch Center.
Mays hit 8-of-12 field goal attempts and 10-of-12 at the free throw line in the opening 20 minutes, scoring 11-straight points during a 16-3 run to turn a 31-31 tie into a 47-34 lead at the half. He tied the Resch Center record for points in a half.
Fellow senior Keifer Sykes quietly put together an impressive all-around game, while playing with a sprained thumb. Sykes finished with 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds without committing a single turnover in 38 minutes. Sykes, who has now scored 1,963 points, dished out his 500th career assist on Wednesday.
The two seniors fueled the best offensive night of the season for Brian Wardle’s team, which won its 17th straight regular season game following a loss, a streak dating back to January of 2013. the 96 points were a season high for the Phoenix, which finished 31-of-56 from the field for 55.4 percent.
Green Bay (21-6, 10-3 HL), locked in a two-way tie for second place with Cleveland State, will host the Vikings on Friday night at 6 p.m. at the Resch Center. Both teams are within one game of first-place Valparaiso with three games left to play.