FACTS & STATS: Site: Resch Center (9,729) -- Green Bay, Wisconsin. Television: HLN/ESPN3, Sports32. Home Record: CSU 7-1, Green Bay 8-1. Away Record: CSU 1-8, Green Bay 0-7. Neutral Record: CSU 2-0, Green Bay 1-1. Conference Record: CSU 2-3, Green Bay 3-2. Series Record: Green Bay leads, 37-27.
GAME NOTES: Seeking their first four-game win streak of the season, the Green Bay Phoenix host the Cleveland State Vikings in a Horizon League bout at the Resch Center on Saturday afternoon.
After winning a total of just three games through the first 10 outings of 2012-13, the Phoenix have now recorded a pair of three-game win streaks over the last eight contests. On Thursday night, the squad knocked off Youngstown State at home in a 67-58 final to move to 3-2 in conference play, and 8-1 at home.
As for the Vikings, who have won just once in nine true road dates this season, they were surprised by Milwaukee two nights ago in a 69-57 decision on the road which means they are now 2-3 in league play.
With respect to the all-time series, Green Bay leads by a 37-27 mark. The teams split their two meetings a season ago, with each winning on their home floors.
Bryn Forbes played almost the entire game on Thursday night, shooting 4-of-10 behind the 3-point line as he finished with 16 points for the Vikings, but it wasn't nearly enough as the team suffered the 12-point road loss at the Klotsche Center. Charlie Lee accounted for 15 points and Sebastian Douglas 10, while Marlin Mason chipped in with seven points and a game-high 14 rebounds and four blocked shots, but at the same time he shot just 3-of-16 from the field. Over the course of five conference games the Vikings have generated just 58.8 ppg, shooting 38.7 percent from the floor overall and 31.5 percent out on the perimeter. Forbes is the lone double-digit scorer over that stretch with his 15.6 ppg, thanks in large part to his 41.9 percent effort on the outside where he has knocked down 13 attempts and the rest of the team a combined 16 triples.
Jordan Fouse scored 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds as the Green Bay Phoenix captured the nine-point win over the Youngstown State Penguins in Horizon League action at the Resch Center two nights ago. Carrington Love and Brennan Cougill both added 11 points and Keifer Sykes 10 for the Phoenix as they survived just 1-of-6 shooting beyond the arc and 16 turnovers. However, Green Bay not only won the rebounding battle by a 40-31 margin, it also outscored the visitors at the free-throw line, 24-14. Defense has been the name of the game for Green Bay in conference play, limiting the opposition to just 35.2 percent accuracy from the floor and allowing a mere 59.6 ppg on the scoreboard. Sykes (12.0 ppg) and Alec Brown (11.6 ppg) are both key figures on offense, but at the same time neither is shooting even 40 percent from the field and they've combined to make just 4-of-17 on the outside.
As long as Green Bay doesn't get caught up in a high-tempo contest where the offense has to produce, expect to see the home team defend well enough to capture the win on Saturday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Green Bay 64, Cleveland State 60
01/19 10:41:15 ET
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