A career-high tying 32 points by senior JayQuan McCloud and another 50 percent shooting performance powered Green Bay past Detroit Mercy 84-67 on Friday night at Calihan Hall, staying lock-step with Youngstown State for third place in the Horizon League with the road win. The Phoenix (14-14, 9-6 HL) also moved to .500 on the season, and defeated the Titans (6-22, 4-11 HL) for the seventh time in the last eight meetings. McCloud’s 32 points ties his career-high from earlier this season against Northern Illinois, and tallied his fourth 30-point game this year. McCloud hit six 3-pointers and went a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line.
With just over a month before March Madness begins, Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball is looking to get into the Big Dance this year. The Phoenix men have won six of their last nine games, all against conference opponents. The team has also shown an ability to win close games, with all six of those wins being by six points or less. The team returns home Thursday, Feb. 27 against Youngstown State at 7 p.m. at the Resch Center.
The Green Bay women’s basketball team has won seven of its last nine games heading into this weekend’s action on the road. The team faces conference-leading IUPUI on Sunday before returning home for a 1 p.m. game on Thursday at the Kress Center. Both Green Bay hoops teams play their regular season finale during UW-Green Bay’s Homecoming Week as part of the Krash the Kress event on Saturday, Feb. 29. The women’s basketball team hosts Youngstown State at 2 p.m., while the men’s basketball team hosts Cleveland State at 7 p.m. Both games are at the Kress Center and will also serve as Senior Night.
Nordic skiing competes at the Central Regionals in Ishpeming, Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23.
After day two of the Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships, the men sit in fifth place while the women sit in seventh place. See more at greenbayphoenix.com.
UW-Green Bay alumnus and former men’s basketball player Alfonzo McKinnie ’15 has signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers to a multi-year contract. “Over his three-year NBA career, the Green Bay Phoenix product owns career averages of 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game over 121 career contests (six starts) with the Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors.” More via Cavaliers Sign Alfonzo McKinnie to Multi-Year Contract | Cleveland Cavaliers.
There have been two recent additions to the “Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in Green Bay Athletics History” list. The first of these additions is Jess Miller, who has been a Phoenix Fund board member for over 20 years and a season ticket holder since 1988, serving as president of the board. Miller is an influential member of the sports community in Green Bay as owner of The Bar franchise, Graystone Ale House and Hagemeister Park. In addition, Miller has helped connect coaches in the community and provide strategic direction to athletic department leadership throughout the years.
The second addition is Modern Era Green Bay men’s basketball, which has had an overall team record of 214-153, including 118-74 in Horizon League play from the 2008-2009 season to 2018-2019 season. This 11-year span included a 2014 Horizon League first place finish, eight post-season appearances, nine top four league finishes and a 2016 appearance in the NCAA Tournament after a 20-year hiatus. This era includes some of the program’s most successful players including Ryan Tillema, Troy Cotton, Rahmon Fletcher, Alec Brown, Keifer Sykes, Alfonzo McKinnie, Jordan Fouse, Carrington Love, Khalil Small and Sandy Cohen III. Head coaches from this successful period include Tod Kowalczyk, Brian Wardle and Linc Darner.
A jam packed weekend for Green Bay Athletics begins on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 with the men’s tennis team heading to North Dakota to play at 5 p.m. The women’s softball team plays Marist at a neutral site in Nashville, Tennessee at 6 p.m. The women’s basketball team hosts Detroit Mercy at the Kress Center at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Feb. 15, the nordic ski team competes at the CCSA Conference Championships in Houghton, Michigan. The women’s tennis team plays at North Dakota at 9 a.m. The men’s tennis team plays Omaha at a neutral site in Grand Forks, North Dakota at 2 p.m. The women’s softball team plays a doubleheader against Belmont at 3 p.m. and against Marist again at 5 p.m. The men’s basketball team plays at Milwaukee at 6 p.m.
On Sunday, Feb. 16, the women’s softball team plays Western Michigan at 9 a.m. The women’s tennis team play at South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota. Finally, the women’s basketball team hosts Oakland at 1 p.m. at the Kress Center to cap off an exciting weekend slate for Green Bay Athletics.
Every Friday is Phoenix Friday at UW-Green Bay. Here are some fun events happening around campus!
- Free coffee at the Garden Café for those showing their Phoenix spirit by wearing spirit wear.
- $5 Friday lunch at the Cloud Commons for faculty and staff
- Check out AJ Smith at Groovin’ Grounds, Joker at CheapSeats and the Christine Style Retrospective in the Lawton Gallery.
Spend Leap Day 2020 with alumni, current students and staff, community members and fellow retirees at the third annual “Krash the Kress” on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. There’s a Phoenix doubleheader with UW-Green Bay women’s basketball vs Youngstown State at 2 p.m. and the men’ basketball team playing Cleveland State at 7 p.m. Between games, the big tailgate party in the “old gyms” will include food and beverages, music, yard games like bag toss and giant Jenga, table tennis, a DJ and prize drawings. The tailgate fee is $10 per person and, per usual, covers food, a snazzy t-shirt as a gift, two beverage tickets and a chance to win a lot of great prizes. Thrown in as an extra incentive are commemorative Homecoming socks! Buy your tailgate tickets. Purchase your game tickets by choosing either game of the doubleheader, or both), here and enter promo code KTK0229 for discounted tickets at $7 each, plus fees. This allows you to choose your seats.
It’s a big game for the Phoenix. The men’s basketball program hosts in-state rival UW-Milwaukee on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Resch Center. There will be a throwback jersey giveaway, free admission for high school students, and other promotions. Green Bay will be going for its eighth win in nine games against Milwaukee. The Phoenix (7-10, 2-2) has won four of its last six games, which included impressive victories against UIC and IUPUI in that stretch. See more.
Senior JayQuan McCloud poured in a career-high 32 points and Manny Patterson impressed again with 15 points of own, helping Green Bay steal the 85-84 win on the road on Saturday afternoon at Northern Illinois. The Phoenix (5-8) continued its hot shooting, hitting a season-high 13 3-pointers and finishing 47.6 percent (30-63) from the field against a Huskies (7-6) team that came in allowing only 61.7 PPG. The Phoenix plays at Wrights State Dec. 28 and at Northern Kentucky Dec. 30. Both games are streamed on ESPN+ and can be heard on WDUZ The Fan.
Check out these weekend events!
- Phoenix Friday Online Bookstore Sale, Friday, Dec. 13, through 11:59 p.m.
- University Leadership Awards, Friday, Dec. 13, 5 p.m., University Union Phoenix ABC
- UW-Green Bay Commencement, Saturday, Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m., Weidner Center
- MBB v. Evansville, Saturday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m., Resch Center