Phoenix Men Drop 5th Straight

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men’s basketball team will look forward to returning home to the Resch Center next week, after dropping its fifth-straight game in Horizon League play and fourth-straight game on the road on Friday night at IUPUI. The Phoenix (7-13, 2-5 HL) fell 67-61 to the Jaguars (6-11, 3-3 HL) at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, playing its fifth game in 10 days and facing IUPUI for the second time already during that stretch.

Green Bay lost to IUPUI 67-63 last Tuesday (Jan. 2), and it was a familiar story again on Friday night with a similar 67-61 score. GB surrendered 17 offensive rebounds to the Jaguars, 10 days after allowing 16 in the two team’s first meeting at the Resch Center.

The 61 points scored are the fewest the team has scored in any Horizon League game this season, while the cold shooting continued from 3-point range, with GB finishing just 4-for-16 from beyond the arc. After hitting 11 3s against both Detroit Mercy and Oakland to open league play, the Phoenix has shot just 25 percent since, going 28-for-112 in the five games since and went 5-for-33 in the two meetings against IUPUI.

Manny Patterson scored a career-high 14 points in just 19 minutes of action, battling foul trouble all night after picking up his third midway through the first half. Patterson finished 5-for-7 from the field and 4-for-5 at the free throw line, while grabbing eight rebounds in his second-straight start.

The Phoenix cut the deficit to just five after Kameron Hankerson hit a jumper with 13 minutes left, capping off a 7-0 run by the team. GB then trailed by just six at 51-45 coming out of the under-12 media timeout, before IUPUI rattled off a 10-0 run, pushing its lead to the largest it was all game at 16 points.

Hankerson netted 16 points in the defeat, going 6-for-12 from the field and grabbing six rebounds. The sophomore had scored just 11 total points in his last two games, and also grabbed only three boards in those contests as well.

Senior Khalil Small had his 20-game streak of scoring in double-figures snapped in the loss, finishing with just seven points on a cold 3-for-12 shooting night. Small had scored more than 20 points in each of his last three games, and entered the game second in the HL in scoring with 21.3 PPG.

GB fell behind 7-0 early before eventually taking a 10-9 lead just over 8 minutes into the game. IUPUI followed that with an 8-0 run and held onto the lead for the remainder of the night, which totaled just over 35 minutes.

David Jesperson also finished in double-figures with 10 points, knocking down two of his team’s four 3-point makes.

Green Bay finished with just 8 assists compared to 14 turnovers, its fifth-straight game finishing with more turnovers than assists. GB did force IUPUI in 17 turnovers and turned that into 17 points on the other end.

A much-needed lengthy stay in Green Bay is up next for the Phoenix, which will play its next five games at the Resch Center. GB welcomes in-state rival Milwaukee on Monday night on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, before hosting Wright State (Thursday) and Northern Kentucky (Saturday) in the days following.