Keifer Sykes needed 19 points to reach 2,000 for his career. He scored 21 in the first half and 36 for the game as the Green Bay Phoenix knocked off Illinois-Chicago 72-67 in Horizon League play.
Sykes scored 12 of Green Bay’s final 14 points as he joined Tony Bennett (2,285 pts) as the only two Green Bay players to surpass 2,000 career points. Sykes now has 2,017 points as he moved into ninth place on the Horizon League’s scoring list and became the first player in league history to tally 2,000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists.
Sykes is a finalist for the Bob Cousy award as the best point guard in college basketball.
UIC shot 58.3 percent in the second half and drained four three’s to close the game, finally tying the contest with under three minutes remaining. But the Flames would never lead.
Green Bay improved to 22-7, 11-4 in the Horizon League with the victory. They’ll close out their regular season at home on Saturday afternoon, hosting Oakland at 1p.m. The contest will be Senior Day and honor Sykes, Alfonzo McKinnie, Greg Mays and Josh Humphrey in a pregame ceremony.