GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Kiefer Sykes scored 31 points and Green Bay converted 41 of 48 free-throw attempts to beat Chicago State 72-67 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
Sykes was good on 17 of 19 shots from the charity stripe and also had seven rebounds and nine turnovers. Brennan Cougill added 10 points for the Phoenix, who beat Chicago State for the 13th straight time.
Chicago State, with nine newcomers this season, led 13-1 in the early going and was on top 33-30 at halftime. The Cougars still led 65-61 after a Robinson basket with 5:09 remaining, but Green Bay closed the game on an 11-2 run.
The two teams combined for 57 turnovers -- 30 from Green Bay and 27 from Chicago State.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.