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DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 17, 2:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Beeghly Center (6,500) -- Youngstown, Ohio. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Green Bay 10-2, YSU 9-3. Away Record: Green Bay 3-9, YSU 6-6. Neutral Record: Green Bay 1-1, YSU 0-2. Conference Record: Green Bay 8-5, YSU 7-6. Series Record: Green Bay leads, 25-8.
GAME NOTES: The Green Bay Phoenix try to continue their dominance over the Youngstown State Penguins when the two Horizon League squads get together at the Beeghly Center on Sunday afternoon.
Green Bay has enjoyed some success as of late with two straight wins and three victories in the last four outings, thanks to a 66-59 triumph over Cleveland State on Friday night in Ohio. With the win the Phoenix are now 8-5 in conference play, which has them in the top half of the standings.
Behind Green Bay at the moment is YSU, which is 7-6 against the rest of the Horizon League. The team delivered a 94-80 win over Milwaukee two nights ago for their second victory in three outings, with a triple-overtime loss to Illinois-Chicago squeezed in between.
Green Bay won the first meeting of the season at home last month with a 67-58 final, which means the Phoenix now own a 25-8 advantage in the all-time series.
Taking charge for Green Bay the other night was Keifer Sykes who scored a game-high 23 points in the win over Cleveland State at the Wolstein Center. Also having big games for the Phoenix were Alec Brown with 17 points and five blocked shots and Greg Mays with 10 points and a team-best 10 boards as they outscored the Vikings at the free-throw line by a 19-8 margin.
Sykes is not just the leading scorer for Green Bay at the moment with his 15.2 ppg, he is also first on the squad with 108 assists as he tries to kick his teammates into gear at the offensive end of the floor. Brown checks in with 13.2 ppg and is also responsible for 6.1 rpg and 47 blocked shots, which make up somewhat for his 72 turnovers, against just 31 dishes through 26 starts.
The Penguins registered a hefty 94 points on Friday night, all without the help of Damian Eargle who is now out with a broken nose. Kendrick Perry stepped up his efforts to deliver a game-high 28 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists, followed by DJ Cole with 18 points, Blake Allen 17 and Kamren Belin 15 points and seven rebounds as the squad shot 56.9 percent from the floor in order to overcome a disappointing 15-of-26 (.577) showing at the charity stripe.
With Eargle (11.8 ppg) on the shelf for the time being, that leaves Perry as the chief scoring threat for the Penguins with his 17.1 ppg. Allen (11.2 ppg) and Belin (10.3 ppg) can obviously score the ball as well for YSU, which is putting up 72.1 ppg, but it will still take some effort for the Penguins to figure out how to operate without one of their floor leaders.
As long as the Penguins can again run up and down the court and virtually score at will, this is a game that should belong to the hosts even if they are without Eargle.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Youngstown State 76, Green Bay 66
02/17 10:33:03 ET
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