DETROIT, Mich. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) --- Continuing its hot shooting from beyond the arc and putting in another total team effort, Green Bay scored its most points against a Division I opponent this season, shooting past Detroit Mercy 107-97 at Calihan Hall in its regular season finale. The Phoenix (12-19, 7-11 HL) buried 14 3-pointers, two days after setting the program record with 15 at Oakland, and received three 20-plus point scoring efforts from a trio of players.
Sandy Cohen III is playing the best basketball of any player in the Horizon League at just the right time, scoring 31 points against the Titans (8-23, 4-14 HL) after netting a career-high 36 points against Oakland on Thursday night. Cohen was a sizzling 10-for-14 from the field and finished two rebounds shy of another double-double, and is now averaging 33.5 PPG in Metro Detroit with Motor City Madness looming next week.
Cohen’s backcourt-mate Khalil Small wasn’t far behind in the scoring column, pouring in 26 points for his 12th 20-plus point scoring performance this season. Small also registered his third double-double of the season, grabbing 10 rebounds in his final regular season game.
GB dominated from the opening tip, eventually using a 12-2 run late in the first half as both teams continued to rack up the points. The Phoenix eventually took a 61-36 lead into halftime, its largest lead in any D1 game this season and the most points its scored in a half since the 61 points scored against YSU on Feb. 20, 2016.
The program’s seniors Small and Jesperson combined for 30 points in the first half, while GB had four players in double-figures in the first 20 minutes as well. Jesperson finished with a career-high 20 points, burying four of his team’s 14 made 3-pointers.
The Phoenix led by as many as 29 points at 65-36 just over 40 seconds into the second half, but allowed the Titans to score 61 points of their own over the final 20 minutes. With GB leading 96-69, Detroit Mercy went on to score 16 of the next 18 points to cut the deficit to 13 points.
Detroit got within eight points, but that came with only 14 seconds left on the clock. Small hit a pair of free throws to seal the victory, leaving the Phoenix with 107 points for just their second 100-plus point scoring game this year and their first in a league game.
Kameron Hankerson also finished in double-figures for the Phoenix with 12 points, while Sukhjot Bains and Hunter Crist finished with seven and six points, respectively.
GB finished above 50 percent shooting for the second-straight game, going 36-for-64 (56.3 percent) from the field and 14-for-31 (45.2 percent) from 3-point range. The Phoenix has now enjoyed its best two shooting performances of the season in its last two games, which also gave the team its only two road wins of the year.
The Phoenix earned the season sweep over both Metro Detroit schools, and will return to the Motor City next week for Motor City Madness at Little Caesars’ Arena riding a two-game winning streak.
GB will be the No. 7 seed by virtue of Oakland's win over Milwaukee today. The Phoenix will face No. 10 seed Detroit Mercy on Friday, Mar. 2 at 5:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. CT at Little Caesars' Arena in the First Round. Should the Phoenix beat the Titans for the third time this year, they will face the No. 2 seed (still to be determined) on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. CT.