March 3, 2010

Ferris To Face Findlay In GLIAC Semifinals: Ticket & Media Coverage Info Announced

Big Rapids, Mich. - Ticket information and local media coverage for the Ferris State University men's basketball squad's semifinal-round game against defending NCAA Division II National Champion Findlay on Friday (March 5) in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament have been made available.

The fourth-seeded Bulldogs and top-seeded Oilers will square off in the first men's semifinal at 6 p.m. (EST) on Friday inside UF's Croy Gymnasium at Findlay, Ohio. Second-seeded Grand Valley State will meet third-seeded Hillsdale in the 8 p.m. (EST) nightcap.

The two winners will meet in the GLIAC Tournament Championship game on Saturday (March 6) with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. (EST) at Croy Gymnasium. The eventual tournament champion receives the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament slated for March 13-16 at a campus site to be determined. Eight teams, including six at-large squads, will participate in the regional with the official announcement set to be released late Sunday (March 7) evening.

Tickets for the GLIAC Tournament will be availabe for purchase at the door one hour prior to the start of each session. A limited number of tickets will be held for Ferris State fans and those interested are encouraged to contact the FSU Athletics Department at (231) 591-2860. For more information, fans can also call the UF Athletics Ticket Office at (419) 434-6684.

Ticket prices for the tournament will be $10 for reserved seats or $8 for general admission seating inside Croy Gymnasium. College and student tickets will be $5 per seat. No complimentary tickets will be allowed for the tournament.

Local radio station WBRN (1460 AM & 107.7 FM) will broadcast Friday's contest and Saturday's championship game if necessary live from Croy Gymnasium. Rob Bentley will provide the play-by-play coverage. A live audio webcast will also be available for each game at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com as well as live twitter scoring updates.

Additionally, Findlay will provide live internet statistics for all games along with a live audio and video pay-per-view webcast via B2 Networks. All available links can be found online by visiting the official FSU Athletics Website at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com and clicking on the "Upcoming Events" tab. Complete links to available coverage are also listed below.

Ferris State, which is currently 16-12 overall this campaign, advanced to the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals for the first time since the 2005-06 season with a 65-59 quarterfinal-round win over Saginaw Valley State Tuesday (March 2) at SVSU's Ryder Center in University Center, Mich.

The Bulldogs are currently midst their 11th overall conference tournament appearance, including a fifth berth in the last six years. Ferris captured its only league tourney title in the 1997-98 campaign.

In FSU's last visit to the conference semifinals in 2005-06 (3/3/06), the Bulldogs upset a nationally-ranked Findlay team by a 64-62 count in Allendale, Mich., before earning runner-up honors after a loss to host Grand Valley State in the title game.

This season, the two teams split a pair of meetings with the Oilers posting an impressive 90-62 home win at Croy Gymansium in the first meeting (Dec. 10). FSU responded with a 86-77 victory at Wink Arena in early February (Feb. 6) behind a personal career-high 35 points from junior forward/center Justin Keenan.

This year's home win was only FSU's second against the Oilers in the last 45 years as Ferris recorded its first victory over Findlay since 1963-64 with the tournament semifinal win in 2006. FSU trails the Oilers in the all-time series' by a 15-4 count heading into Friday's matchup.

Findlay enters Friday's outing with a 22-6 overall record. The Oilers captured last year's national title with a perfect 36-0 record and have the best winning percentage in NCAA Division II competition during the decade. Since 2000, the Oilers have won 260 games and lost only 52 (83.3%). They've claimed nine of the last 13 GLIAC South Division titles and won the tournament title four times in the last six years.

The Oilers have been particularly tough at Croy Gymnasium.  In the past seven years, the Oilers are a staggering 120-2 (.984) at home and currently own an 89-game regular-season homecourt winning streak. They have won 52 games overall in a row at home counting tournament play heading into Friday's game.

For complete tournament information, please visit the GLIAC Tournament website at this link:
www.gliac.org

Here is a listing of available media links for Friday's game:

Friday, March 5
Men's Basketball at Findlay, 6 p.m.

Live Radio On WBRN 1460 AM & 107.7 FM
Live Twitter Scoring Updates
Live FSU Audio Webcast
Live Internet Statistics
Live B2 Networks Video Webcast

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