The Green Bay men’s basketball team needed to find its shooting and confidence in its 2017-18 home-opener, and did just that with a 98-27 dismantling of Lakeland on Friday night at the Resch Center. The 71-point victory by the Phoenix (1-1) sets a new program-record for margin of victory, while the 71 rebounds sets both a conference and program record as well.
The game was never in doubt for Green Bay, who was looking to bounce back after a season-opening loss at NIU on Tuesday. The Phoenix jumped out to a 11-0 lead and never looked back, leading 46-11 at the half before allowing its fewest points in a game (27) since permitting 21 against Northern Michigan in 1996.
Khalil Small recorded his second-straight double-double, finishing with 13 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Small also went 4-for-4 at the free throw line, which helped the Phoenix finish 30-for-35 from the charity stripe for a quality 85.7 percent.
Kameron Hankerson also recorded a career-high, notching a game-high 17 points and a 6-for-6 effort at the line. Also finishing in double figures were PJ Pipes (14 points, 7 rebounds) and TJ Parham (10 points, 8 rebounds), who both earned career-highs in those categories in their second collegiate game at Green Bay.
All 11 players to dress for Green Bay scored in the game, with Hunter Crist (9 points) and Trevian Bell (8 points) finishing just shy of double-digits. Sukhjot Bains and Manny Patterson each added 6 points and combined for 13 rebounds, while walk-on Tyrone Powell gave the crowd a high-flying dunk late in the game.
Lakeland finished the game just 3-for-48 from 3-point range, two nights after going 14-for-34 against Finlandia. The Muskies only committed 8 turnovers and made an effort to run up and down with the Phoenix, but the shots didn’t seem to fall.
The 98 points scored by GB are the most since last season on Dec. 22, when it put up 108 vs. Saint Mary’s. GB shot 31-for-58 (53.4 percent) from the field and had 44 points in the paint.
Green Bay will hit the road again in its next contest, which will be quite the test. The Phoenix will face Mississippi State on Monday night at 7 p.m. in its second game of the Hoops in the Heartland benefiting Men Against Breast Cancer.