GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men's basketball team swept its trip to Cleveland State and Youngstown State over the weekend, and sophomore Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) and freshman Jordan Fouse (Racine, Wis.) played an important part in the victories. On Monday, Sykes was named the Horizon League co-Player of the Week and Fouse was tabbed Newcomer of the Week.
The award was the third of the season for Sykes, who averaged 23.5 points per game on the trip, and the second time Fouse has earned the weekly award for top newcomer. Fouse averaged 8.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals on the week.
The way he played after halftime, Sykes probably could have sat out the first halves and still won the weekly award for the fourth time in his career. Sykes scored 19 points after halftime in both of his team's wins, leading a furious rally in a 66-59 win against Cleveland State on Friday before helping the Phoenix pull away from Youngstown State 71-54 on Sunday afternoon.
Scoring 23 and 24 points in the two contests, the 5-foot-11 sophomore made 13-of-23 shots from the field and 17-of-19 free throws. In the two second halves, he made 10-of-13 shots from the field and 15-of-16 free throws.
While the weekend magnified it, the second-half outbursts were nothing new for Sykes. Taking out a game at Loyola, when he logged just two second-half minutes due to injury, Sykes has averaged 12.6 points after halftime of the past eight games. For the season, Sykes is averaging 9.3 points per game after halftime and has reached double figures 10 times.
Sykes also won the league's weekly award on Nov. 13 and Dec. 24 this season. The Chicago native is fourth in the Horizon League in scoring at 15.5 points per game. He is shooting 44.8 percent (134-299) from the field, 46 percent from long range (23-50) and 80.9 percent (127-157) from the free throw line.
A model of consistency despite being a true freshman, Fouse had another week in which he stuffed the stat sheets. The 6-foot-7 wing made 4-of-7 shots from the field and 9-of-11 free throws in the two games. At Youngstown State, Fouse posted his third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Fouse, one of three Phoenix players to start each game this season, is averaging 6.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He ranks second in the Horizon League in rebounds per game and is first in offensive rebounding (2.4), third in steals (1.7) and fourth in blocked shots (1.5).
In league play, Fouse leads the conference in rebounding (8.4) and offensive rebounding (2.6) and is third in steals (2.0) and fourth in blocks (1.9). He has helped the Phoenix lead the conference in rebounding margin, scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and blocked shots in Horizon League play.
With three regular season games remaining, Fouse is four rebounds and six steals from breaking Green Bay's single-season freshman records in the categories. His 39 blocks are the second-most by a Phoenix freshman, behind only Alec Brown's 67 in 2010-11.
Winners of three-straight games overall and three-straight road games, Green Bay takes a break from Horizon League play on Saturday, traveling to Des Moines, Iowa for a BracketBuster contest against Drake of the Missouri Valley Conference.