Green Bay's Keifer Sykes (AP Photo)

POSTERIZED: Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes takes flight in win over UIC (VIDEO)

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Two days after picking up an important road win at Wright State, Brian Wardle’s Green Bay Phoenix found themselves on the ropes at UIC on Sunday afternoon. Despite being 4-0 in Horizon League play the Phoenix struggled with the winless (in conference play) Flames…until guard Keifer Sykes got going.

Alec Brown led the way with 23 points but it was Sykes, who scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half, who proved to be the spark the Phoenix needed to come from behind for the 69-64 victory. Four of those points can be seen in the video above.

But pay close attention to the first dunk, a designed alley-oop against the UIC 2-3 zone, and keep in mind the fact that Sykes is 5-foot-11. How many 5-foot-11 guards in college basketball today can have set plays like that one called for them, and finish with that kind of authority? Not many.

Now 5-0 in Horizon League play, Green Bay maintained their two-game lead in the loss column with Sunday’s victory.

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.