Greg Mays and Keifer Sykes go out in style 21 points a piece Senior Day Showcase

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (Courtesy: – More than 6,000 fans stood and cheered as seniors Greg Mays (Chicago, Ill.) and Keifer Sykes (Chicago, Ill.) checked out with 52 seconds remaining on Saturday afternoon. If the dynamic duo and fellow seniors Josh Humphrey (Chicago, Ill.) and Alfonzo McKinnie (Chicago, Ill.) had played their final game at the Resch Center, they delivered an impressive final performance. 

Sykes and Mays each scored 21 points as Green Bay (23-7, 12-4 HL) rolled to an 83-63 Senior Day win over visiting Oakland (16-15, 11-5 HL) and earned the No. 2 seed in next week’s Horizon League Championship. The Phoenix receive a double bye and will play in a semifinal contest at 5 p.m. on March 7 in Valparaiso, Ind. 

After an emotional pregame ceremony honoring the seniors and presenting Sykes with a basketball commemorating his 2,000 career points, Green Bay got off to a slow start and trailed 20-12 at the 13:17 mark of the first half. 

Sykes and Mays then combined for 13 points during a 23-6 run which gave the hosts the lead for good. Sykes scored 16 points in the opening half, with Mays adding nine points and six rebounds as Green Bay led 41-31 at the break. 

Mays quickly started the second half, getting a dunk and two three-pointers in the first four minutes. 

Midway through the half, freshman Daeshon Francis (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored seven points during an 11-2 spurt which increased the lead to 70-49 with 6:48 to play. Francis showed signs of what might be to come in his Phoenix career, scoring 13 of his career-high 17 points in the second half. He made 6-of-7 shots from the field and all five of his free throws. 

Green Bay shot 50 percent from the field (31-62) and made 18-of-19 free throws for 94.7 percent. The performance at the charity stripe is tied for the ninth best in program history and the second best by a Phoenix team which shot at least 19 free throws. 

Sykes made 9-of-18 shots from the field and added eight assists, four rebounds and two steals without committing a turnover. With 2,038 career points, Sykes is now tied for sixth place on the Horizon League’s all-time scoring list. 

Mays connected on 7-of-12 shots and grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked two shots. Junior Jordan Fouse (Racine, Wis.) finished with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in another solid all-around game. Green Bay held a 39-34 edge on the glass and recorded 19 assists with only eight turnovers. 

Green Bay is now 60-14 at home under head coach Brian Wardle, including a 13-1 mark in 2014-15.