The Green Bay men’s basketball team made a late run to make things somewhat interesting on Monday night, but Stetson was able to stave off the Phoenix 83-71 at the Resch Center. The Hatters (5-3) shot 48.6 percent (36-for-74) from the field and led by as many as 28 points in the second half, while Green Bay (2-3) came back with 40 second-half points after trailing by 20 at the half.
The game was the final matchup for the Phoenix in the Hoops in the Heartland benefiting Men Against Breast Cancer, as it finishes 2-2 in the series. GB has now alternated wins and losses over the first five games of the season.
Stetson used two big runs in the first half, including a 9-0 run and a 12-0 run near the end of the half to grab full control of the game. The Hatters shot 57.9 percent (22-for-38) from the field and knocked down seven 3s in the first 20 minutes. The visitors finished with 10 3s in the game, after Green Bay had only allowed 10 3s total all season through its first four games.
Senior Khalil Small scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed six rebounds, leading the Phoenix in both categories. Small has now scored in double-figures in each of the first five games, and stayed hot at the line going 2-for-2.
GB trailed 75-47 with 8:58 left in the game, but showed effort and heart to finish the game on a 24-8 run, which included a 16-0 run at one point. Trevian Bell hit three 3s during that stretch, helping him finish with a career-high 13 points and four rebounds. The Phoenix hit 8-of-25 3-pointers in the game.
Freshman Manny Patterson scored 6 points and snagged 5 rebounds in his second career start, while PJ Pipes added 6 points of his own in the start. David Jesperson scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
B.J. Glasford led the Hatters with 24 points, while Divine Myles scored 10 points and added 11 rebounds.
The Phoenix will hit the road this weekend, traveling to Nashville, Tenn., to face the Belmont Bruins. The two teams will tip at 1 p.m. CT in what should have been a rematch from last year, when the game scheduled at the Resch Center was canceled due to inclement weather conditions altering Belmont’s travel.