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Green Bay vs. Wright State Game Recap: Phoenix Win 79-69 at Raiders for 1st Place in Horizon League

Horizon League favorite Green Bay payed a visit to second place Wright State with first place on the line. The Phoenix drove and dunked their way to a two game cushion atop the standings.

After a rough offseason, Brian Wardle has his Phoenix at 14-3 and atop the Horizon League.
After a rough offseason, Brian Wardle has his Phoenix at 14-3 and atop the Horizon League.
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Wright State was playing their game, forcing turnovers, in the early going. The Phoenix had given the ball away four times by the first media timeout. However, when Green Bay wasn't turning the ball over, they too were playing their style of game. The Phoenix made seven of their twelve field goals before the under-sixteen timeout and won the battle on the glass, 10-4.

The Phoenix score over 59% of their points on two point field goals (17th highest percentage in the nation) and tonight was no different. Due to a size advantage on the block, Jordan Fouse (6.3 ppg) scored 7 first half points.

Wright State was so overmatched in the paint that Green Bay didn't attempt a three pointer for the first 11 minutes of the game. That three came just after Wright State tied the game at 19.

The Raiders went on a 6-0 run, partially responsible for forcing that three point attempt, to take the lead. It was capped by a Jerran Young dunk that garnered the prestigious #SCtop10 nomination graphic.

Just as Wright State figured out how to take Fouse out of the game, Alec Brown began to take over. With NBA scouts in the building, the star seven foot senior had 17 first half points, including the Phoenix's first three pointer with three minutes remaining.

Despite the absolute dominance in the paint by the Phoenix, the Raiders trailed by just three points at the half. They had eight steals and forced eleven Green Bay turnovers in the first. Those turnovers resulted in 13 points.

After a 9-1 Green Bay run to open the half, Wright State went on a 9-0 run in between the 13 and 10 minute mark to pull within one, 54-55. That run was sparked when Alec Brown went to the bench for a breather.

The Raiders made it interesting over the final ten minutes, but their offense just wasn't potent enough.

Green Bay would see its lead evaporate to just one possession repeatedly over the second half, but they never let Wright State take or share the lead. As a result, Green Bay is not sharing first place in the Horizon League standings. Brian Wardle's team sent a message that they are without a doubt the best team in the league.

Brown's performance was dominant, 24 points on 8 of 11 shooting from the field and 7 of 11 from the free throw line.

While the fifteen turnovers were an issue tonight for the Phoenix, they came against by far the best defensive team in the conference. The next best defense Green Bay will face is Cleveland State, a team they've already defeated, and the Vikings don't play the turnover-forcing style that Wright State does.

Green Bay is now on a nine game winning streak and remains undefeated in Horizon League play.