For a while there, it seemed like deja vu from the last time the Badgers played in Green Bay.
The Phoenix had the lead and Keifer Sykes was a one-man wrecking crew.
Enter Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky.
The duo had great second halves as the Badgers were able to hold off a pesky UW-Green Bay and get a tough road win, 69-66.
UW-Green Bay (1-1) held a small lead for most of the first half, before the Badgers (3-0) went on a mini 9-4 run to take a 34-29 lead into the locker room. While the Badgers had a balanced scoring attack, the Phoenix were getting all of their production from junior guard Keifer Sykes. The Chicago native shot 13-26, finishing with 32 points.
The second half began all Sykes, as he scored eight straight points, giving Green Bay it's first lead since midway through the first half. The Phoenix were able to hold the small lead despite only getting two points from NBA prospect Alec Brown. The senior got in foul trouble early and was only able to play for 18 minutes.
With Brown on the bench, and Sykes temporarily cooling off, the Badgers fought back with strong play from Dekker and Kaminsky. Dekker finished at the hole on two consecutive possessions to tie the game at 54, and Kaminsky followed with four points of his own to put the Badgers ahead for good.
UW-Green Bay did have a chance at the end, but Kaminsky stuffed an attempted lay-up by Sykes with four seconds left. After a Kaminsky free throw made it 69-66, Sykes' desperation three at the buzzer hit the side of the rim and bounced out.
And the Badgers are 1-0 in-state.
Onto the grades.