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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, February 15, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Wolstein Center (13,610) -- Cleveland, Ohio. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Green Bay 10-2, CSU 8-3. Away Record: Green Bay 2-9, CSU 2-11. Neutral Record: Green Bay 1-1, CSU 2-0. Conference Record: Green Bay 7-5, CSU 4-8. Series Record: Green Bay leads, 38-27.
GAME NOTES: The Green Bay Phoenix open a three-game road trip at the Wolstein Center on Friday night as the squad clashes with the Cleveland State Vikings in Horizon League action.
Green Bay has been alternating wins and losses over the last seven outings, the most recent outcome being a 68-59 victory over the Detroit Titans last Saturday at home. The Phoenix are an impressive 10-2 in their own building in 2012-13, but when playing on an opponent's floor the squad is just 2-9.
As for the Vikings, they are currently in the bottom third of the conference standings with just four wins in 12 attempts. The last outing for CSU was also against Detroit, three nights ago, as the Vikings were crushed on the road, 92-62, their second setback in as many games.
Green Bay leads the all-time series between these two squads, 38-27, after winning the first meeting of the season last month by a score of 77-50.
Keifer Sykes scored 16 points, leading four players in double figures, as the Phoenix picked up the win over Detroit on Saturday at the Resch Center. Jordan Fouse accounted for 12 points and seven rebounds, followed by Kam Cerroni and Alec Brown with 11 and 10 points, respectively, the latter also making three blocks at the defensive end of the floor as well.
Despite being an integral part of the win versus the Titans the last time out, it was announced on Thursday that Cerroni has decided to leave the program for personal reasons. Cerroni started just five games this season for Green Bay, averaging 5.8 ppg, yet was still the second-most productive 3-point shooter on the roster. Now more than ever the squad will be leaning on Sykes (14.8 ppg), Brown (13.0 ppg) and Brennan Cougill (10.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg).
Cleveland State never stood a chance against Detroit earlier this week, the visitors shooting just 3-of-16 from 3-point range and turning the ball over 16 times at Calihan Hall. Bryn Forbes was the high man for the Vikings with 14 points, although he missed all but one of his seven tries on the perimeter, while Marlin Mason tacked on 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the group as well.
With seven different starting lineups already this season, it is no wonder that CSU is having trouble getting consistent play from one week to the next. It also doesn't help that Anton Grady showed so much promise in the early going before being lost to a knee injury and leaving Forbes (12.3 ppg) and Charlie Lee (10.5 ppg) to shoulder so much of the pressure for the group through 26 games now.
The loss of Cerroni might not be that big in terms of the action on the floor for the Phoenix, but still it could be enough of a distraction on the eve of a road game to keep Green Bay from being fully focused on Friday night.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cleveland State 66, Green Bay 62
02/15 10:31:43 ET
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