Cold-shooting Phoenix fall in season opener

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DE KALB, ILL. -- Cold shooting doomed the Green Bay men's basketball team in its season opener Tuesday as the Phoenix dropped an 85-65 decision at Northern Illinois.

The Phoenix, who missed its first nine shots of the game, shot a frigid 26 percent from the field (17-66).

Khalil Small scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Phoenix, while freshmen Trevian Bell (12 points, 4 rebounds) and Manny Patterson (11 points, 6 rebounds) contributed off the bench. Also, T.J. Parham added 11 points in 24 minutes.

While the Phoenix was cold from the field, it was effective at the free-throw line, making 24-for-29 free throws for 83 percent.

Green Bay's uptempo style was stymied as the Phoenix was outscored in fast-break points, 16-2.

Levi Bradley led the Huskies with 28 points as Northern Illinois snapped a 12-game losing streak against the Phoenix.

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