|Posted by Brian Dickmann on March 9, 2016 at 10:55 AM|
After coming so close in all three of his first Horizon League Tournament appearances, Jordan Fouse and the Green Bay Phoenix finally tasted glory on Tuesday night in the championship game by knocking off Wright State, 78-69, to clinch the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid since 1996.
Fouse and fellow senior Carrington Love reached the semi-finals their freshman and sophomore years, losing in heartbreaking fashion both times. They lost in the championship game at Valparaiso last season, falling one game short of an NCAA Tournament bid.
But Green Bay’s senior leaders led the way in Detroit this season and were both named to the Horizon League’s All-Tournament Team with Fouse being named the tournament’s MVP.
Fouse averaged 18.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.0 block per game in the Phoenix four games in four days march to the championship, including a 25 point, 10 rebound performance in Green Bay’s 99-92 overtime upset of top-seeded Valparaiso in the semi-finals.
He also shot the ball extremely well from beyond the arc during the tournament going 10 for 20 from downtown.
The 6’7” Fouse is the Horizon League’s all-time leader in career steals as well as the all-time rebounds leader in Green Bay program history. He will also finish second only to Alec Brown in school history for career blocks.
Fouse is having the best season of his career averaging 12.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game this season.
He is joined on the All-Tournament Team by Love and teammate Charles Cooper as well as Valparaiso’s Alec Peters and Wright State’s JT Yoho.