(Courtesy: GreenBayPhoenix.com) — Green Bay’s magical postseason ride in the 2019 CIT came to end on Thursday night, with the Phoenix finishing as the tournament’s runner-up with a 90-70 defeat at Marshall in the Championship game. The 2018-19 edition of the Phoenix men’s basketball team finishes the season at 21-17, breaking the single season program records for both total points (3,090) and 3-pointers made (303), along with many others.
Sandy Cohen III set the Division I single season program record for most points in a season, scoring 13 more points to finish his career at 1,020 points. Cohen passed Tony Bennett and Jeff Nordgaard (both had 653) for the most points in season, scoring 666 points this year. The Seymour native will go down as one of the all-time greats to wear a Phoenix uniform, despite only playing in 60 career games.
GB led 42-40 at the half, but Marshall (23-14) used the momentum of its home crowd (5,748 fans in attendance) and the fatigue of a Phoenix team to pour in 50 second half points. The Herd had 16 offensive rebounds and converted that into 24 second-chance points, while scoring 58 points in the paint. Marshall closed the game on a 26-8 run and GB went the final 5 minutes without a field goal.
ShanQuan Hemphill registered his 5th double-double of the season, finishing with a team-high 21 points and 13 rebounds.Hemphill, Cohen and JayQuan McCloud (11 points) all scored in double-figures, but GB was held to a CIT low 37.5 percent (27-72) from the field.
The program will now turn its attention to the 2019-20 season, with the entire roster returning with the exception of Cohen. While it will be a tall task to replace Cohen’s production, head coach Linc Darner can turn to a host of players who came on strong this season. GB will return 78 percent of its scoring, along with four out of five starters.
- Sandy Cohen III and ShanQuan Hemphill were both named to the CIT All-Tournament Team
- GB shot just 6-21 from the free throw line
- GB held Marshall to only 3-26 (11.5 percent) from 3-point range
- GB battled foul trouble all game
- C.J. Burks led Marshall with 28 points, while Taevion Kinsey had 21 points and 11 rebounds
- GB shot just 27 percent in the second half
- This was the 37th game for Green Bay this year, most in program history
- The team set program records for points in a season, 3-pointers made, field goals made, field goals attempted and total rebounds
- GB won 20 or more games for the fourh time in six seasons