YSU MEN'S HOOPS Penguins fall on the road
Youngstown State led only once at Wisconsin-Green Bay.
VINDICATOR STAFF/WIRE REPORTS
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Matt Rohde scored 16 points and Wisconsin-Green Bay defeated Youngstown State 78-55 Thursday night for its fourth straight win.
Rohde, who needed eight points entering the game to reach 1,000 for his career, eclipsed the mark on a layup with 14 minutes, 39 seconds remaining in the second half. That began a run of nine straight points by Rohde that gave Green Bay a 63-39 lead with 12:54 to go.
Rohde left the game for good with 1,008 career points, the 18th player in school history to reach the milestone.
Green Bay (9-3, 2-0 Horizon League) shot 58 percent in the first half, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range, to take control. The Phoenix finished 9-of-16 on 3-pointers.
Rohde hit all three of his 3-point tries and was one of four players in double figures for Green Bay. Josh Lawrence and Tevah Morris scored 14 apiece, and Benito Flores added 11.
Quin Humphrey and Alex Sanchez scored 12 points apiece to lead Youngstown State (3-10, 1-3), but the duo combined for just three points in the second half.
The Penguins led only once, 2-0, on Humphrey's jumper in the first minute of the game.
Green Bay went on a 9-0 run, punctuated by Rohde's 3-pointer at the 16:47 mark, and the Phoenix's lead reached double figures (28-16) on Ryan Werch's 3 with 9:08 remaining in the first half.
Youngstown State answered with a 16-9 run, as Alex Sanchez's 3-pointer with 2:17 remaining in the half made it 37-32.
But Green Bay finished the half with a 6-2 rally for a 43-34 lead.
That would be the last time the Penguins were within 10 points of the lead, as Lawrence made a free throw eight seconds into the second half to make it 44-34.
Green Bay led by as many as 28 points (73-45).
The Penguins have lost 10 of their last 11 games. They travel to Cleveland State Saturday at 5:30 p.m.