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Forum staff reports, Published November 24 2012

Green Bay snaps NDSU's four-game win streak

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The University of Green Bay shot 49 percent from the field to snap North Dakota State’s four-game winning streak with a 74-59 victory in men’s basketball on Saturday.

“We give them a lot of credit,” NDSU head coach Saul Phillips said. “But defensively, we had more breakdowns than we had in the previous four games.”

Sophomore guard Keifer Sykes led the Phoenix (3-3) with 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting from the field.

Green Bay’s Sultan Muhammad and Brennan Cougill added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

The Bison trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half. NDSU closed the Green Bay lead to 26-23 with one minute, 58 seconds left before halftime, but saw the Phoenix scored six consecutive points for a 32-23 lead at intermission.

“This was a learning experience,” Phillips said. “(Green Bay) came out and hit us in the mouth, which we had been doing.”

The Phoenix then used five 3-pointers in the first six minutes of the second half to open up a 53-33 advantage.

The Bison made 22 of 55 field-goal attempts but shot only 12-for-21 from the free-throw line.

“We got to the free-throw line, but we just didn’t knock them down,” Phillips said. “None of us are walking away from this game thinking that was as good as we could play.”

Marshall Bjorklund and Lawrence Alexander each scored a team-high 14 points for the Bison (5-2).

The game was the fifth in eight days for NDSU.

North Dakota State’s next game will be Thursday when it plays host to Nebraska-Omaha at the Bison Sports Arena.

N. DAKOTA ST. (5-2): Braun 2-12 0-1 4, Wright 2-9 2-2 7, Bjorklund 7-12 0-2 14, Alexander 5-9 3-5 14, Brown 2-3 5-7 10, Newell 0-0 0-0 0, Felt 0-3 0-0 0, Zastrow 0-1 0-0 0, VandenBergh 0-0 1-2 1, Kading 4-5 1-2 9, Aaberg 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-55 12-21 59.

GREEN BAY (3-3): Fouse 0-3 2-4 2, Brown 4-9 2-4 10, Cougill 3-7 5-5 12, Muhammad 4-6 1-2 13, Sykes 8-13 4-4 21, Love 0-1 0-0 0, Cerroni 4-7 1-1 12, Mays 1-3 2-3 4, Arenz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-49 17-23 74.

Halftime: Green Bay 32-23. 3-Point Goals: N. Dakota St. 3-16 (Brown 1-1, Alexander 1-2, Wright 1-4, Zastrow 0-1, Kading 0-1, Felt 0-3, Braun 0-4), Green Bay 9-17 (Muhammad 4-6, Cerroni 3-5, Sykes 1-2, Cougill 1-3, Love 0-1). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: N. Dakota St. 37 (Bjorklund, Wright 7), Green Bay 31 (Fouse 8). Assists: N. Dakota St. 13 (Braun 5), Green Bay 20 (Cougill 5). Total Fouls: N. Dakota St. 18, Green Bay 24. A: 2,455.