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HORIZON BASKETBALL YSU men play host to Green Bay today



Published: Sat, February 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The Phoenix are in second place in the league standings.

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown State men's basketball team tries to carry the momentum of a Thursday night victory over Detroit into a Saturday afternoon game against UW-Green Bay. Tipoff for the Horizon League television Game of the Week is 12:07 p.m.

The Penguins (4-16, 2-8 HL) snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 59-55 win over Detroit on Thursday night. Detroit native John Barber scored a career-high 15 points and made two free throws with 4.1 seconds to ice the win. Jon Mends added a career-high 14 points in his return to the lineup after missing one game with a sprained foot.

The Phoenix (15-6, 8-3) beat Cleveland State 69-62 on Thursday night behind a 20-point effort by Brandon Morris. Benito Flores added 19 as UWGB scored the first 11 points of the second half to take control of the game. The Phoenix enter the game trailing UW-Milwaukee by one game in the Horizon League standings.

Fans attending the game are encouraged to wear Red and can gain free admission by donating a Giant Eagle non-perishable food item to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Flores leads Green Bay, averaging 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Overall, four players are averaging double figures in scoring for UW-Green Bay.

In Green Bay

In the first meeting between the teams, Youngstown State lost 78-55 at the Resch Center in Green Bay on Jan. 6. The Penguins battled back from 12 down to stay within striking distance and trailed just 37-32 with 2:17 remaining in the first half. But UWGB pushed that advantage up to nine by halftime. In the second half, Green Bay outscored YSU 35-21 and jumped on thePenguins from the outset. Leading 48-37, the Phoenix went on a 19-4 run to put the game away.

The Penguins have played the Phoenix 14 times before and have been on the winning end in three contests. Two of the three victories have come in the Beeghly Center.

YSU won 77-76 on Jan. 29, 2003 and Feb. 21, 2002 in Youngstown. The other win came at Green Bay in the 2003 Horizon League Tournament (65-61).

The Penguins head back to Chicago for the second time this season when they play at UIC on Thursday night. The Flames beat YSU 62-56 in Youngstown on Jan. 3.




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