Green Bay Holds Off Youngstown State, 71-65

YSU Basketball vs Green Bay
YSU Basketball vs Green Bay

Green Bay, Wis. – Junior Blake Allen scored 23 points and sophomore Kendrick Perry added 17 points, but Green Bay shot 60.9 percent from the field in the second half and knocked off the Youngstown State men's basketball team, 71-65, on Tuesday evening at the Resch Center.

Allen hit a 3-pointer with 1:47 to go to tie the game at 61-61 and erased a seven-point second-half deficit, but Green Bay's Brennan Cougill answered with his own triple 18 seconds later to put the Phoenix back up, 64-61.

After a five-second call on the Guins, Green Bay's Keifer Sykes hit a jumper with 41 seconds to go and two free throws by Kam Cerroni extended the Phoenix lead to seven, 68-61, with 23 ticks left.

The Guins fall to 14-12 overall and 9-7 in the Horizon League while Green Bay improves to 11-14 overall and 7-8 in the league.

After scoring the first four points of the second half to extend their lead to five, 32-27, on two layups by Damian Eargle, the Guins allowed an 11-0 run by the Phoenix and trailed by six, 38-32, with 15:09 to go.

A free throw by Alec Brown put the Phoenix up by seven, 41-34, at the 13:41 mark. The Guins chipped the lead down to one, 41-40, but after two charity tosses by Cougill and a 3-pointer by Steve Baker the Phoenix cushioned their lead back to six, 46-40.

An Allen 3-pointer at the 6:36 mark again brought the Guins within one, 51-50, and a steal and dunk by Kerry with 2:37 left made the score 59-58 and set up Allen's game-tying 3-pointer.

Both teams struggled from the floor in the first half but battled through nine lead changes and four ties.

The Phoenix did not trail for the first 10 minutes of the game before a layup by Shawn Amiker gave the Guins a 10-9 lead at the 9:43 mark.

Green Bay then went on an 11-5 run over the next five minutes to take a 20-15 lead after a Brennan Cougill 3-pointer with 4:56 to go.

The Guins, who made just two of their first 10 field-goal attempts, scored the next six points on a jumper by Allen, a free throw by Perry and a 3-pointer by Ward to take a 21-20 lead.

Ward hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to give the Guins their largest lead of the half, 28-25, but a Cougill putback as the clock expired closed the gap to one, 28-27, at the half.

The Guins finished the half shooting 34.5 percent while the Phoenix connected on 31.3 percent of their field goals.

The Guins stay on the road and face Austin Peay, Saturday, Feb. 18, in the 2012 Sears Bracketbusters game. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. EDT in Clarksville, Tenn.