|Posted by Brian Dickmann on February 3, 2017 at 10:20 AM|
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The Green Bay Phoenix will be without their starting point guard again Saturday afternoon when they take on league-leading Valparaiso at the Resch Center.
Anderson will miss his fourth straight game with a back injury he suffered in Green Bay’s 83-73 victory over Cleveland State on January 23rd. He was scoreless in 7 minutes during that game.
“We go day-by-day to see how he recovers from it,” head coach Linc Darner said via the Green Bay Press-Gazette after Green Bay’s 84-80 victory over UIC on Thursday. “I couldn’t tell you if he’s going to be out another week or two weeks or three. I just go with what my trainers tell me and what our doctors tell us.”
“We know he’s not going to play Saturday and we just prepare for that.”
The Phoenix have gone 2-1 in his absence with wins over Oakland and UIC and a tough loss at Detroit Mercy last Sunday.
A freshman from Stevens Point, Anderson is in the midst of a solid first collegiate season and ranks among the top freshmen in the Horizon League in points scored, three point shooting, free throw shooting, assists, and minutes played.
The reigning Wisconsin Mr. Basketball has started all 20 games he has appeared in and is averaging 9.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 28.5 minutes per game. He is also one of the team’s best free throw shooters at 80.4%.
With Anderson out of the lineup, seniors Warren Jones and Tevin Findlay have manned the point guard role.
Jones has been playing well since conference play started but in the four games since Anderson’s injury – including the Cleveland State game – he has taken it to another level scoring 15.5 points while adding 3.5 assists and 1.0 steal in 26.2 minutes per game. He is now one of four Phoenix players to average double figures in scoring for the season now that he has boosted his average to 10.3 points per game.
Findlay has started the three games that Anderson has missed and, besides a shaky performance in the Detroit Mercy game, has been solid averaging 7.3 points, 3.3 assists, and 1.5 steals in 22.8 minutes per game since taking over the starting role.
“Guys have stepped up in his absence,” Darner said. “Warren has stepped up, Tevin has played well for us. That’s just what we need.”
After the Valparaiso game on Saturday, Green Bay will embark on a four game road trip beginning at Northern Kentucky on Thursday and at Wright State next Saturday.
The Phoenix will then have an entire week off before traveling to Milwaukee for a rivalry game against UWM on Saturday, February 18th before finishing the road trip with a game at UIC on Tuesday, February 21st.
Green Bay will play its final two regular season games at the Resch Center hosting Oakland on Friday, February 24th and Detroit Mercy on Sunday, February 26th.
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