February 24, 2010

Men's Basketball To Honor Three Seniors

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's basketball squad will honor its three senior players prior to their final home game on Saturday (Feb. 27) as the Bulldogs take on the Wayne State Warriors in the regular-season finale at Jim Wink Arena.

The senior trio of Austin Randel, Jon Yeazel and Josh Young will be recognized and introduced in a special ceremony between the conclusion of the women's game and the start of the men's contest. 

The Bulldog women's basketball team, which has no seniors ending their eligibility this year, faces WSU in their season finale at 1 p.m. (EST) with the men's game scheduled for a 3 p.m. (EST) start.

Together, the three Bulldog seniors have helped the FSU men's team to a 14-11 overall record heading into the squad's final two regular-season outings this week versus Northwood on Thursday (Feb. 25) and Wayne State on Saturday (Feb. 27) at Wink Arena. 

Austin Randel, now in his second season with the Bulldogs, has compiled 444 points with 140 rebounds in 50 career contests to date. He’s also made 91 career three-point baskets and ranks among the GLIAC’s top 10 players this season in made three-point field goals. Currently, he’s the squad’s seocnd-leading scorer this season at 11 points per game and has started 22 games this campaign. The McBain High School product joined the Bulldogs prior to last season after spending two years at North Greenville College. Presently, he has 15 double-figure scoring outings this year, including the last six games in a row heading into the homestand.

Jon Yeazel is midst his first season on the court for the Bulldogs after redshirting last season. The Middleville native has made an impact as evidenced by his 230 points and 112 rebounds in 25 games. A former NCAA Division I transfer from Central Michigan, he presently ranks as one of the league’s top 10 players in both field goal and free throw percentage this season. He’s scored 10 points or more 12 times this year and is shooting over 80% from the free throw stripe. Yeazel is a prep graduate of Thornapple-Kellogg High School.

Josh Young has compiled 595 points, 254 rebounds, 90 assists and 61 steals in 52 games at Ferris State since his arrival from Kellogg Community College prior to the 2008-09 season. The Ypsilanti native has started 43 games in his Bulldog career and has helped guide the Bulldogs to 28 victories in his two seasons. He has nine double-digit scoring efforts this campaign and 29 overall in his two-year career. Twice, he’s scored more than 30 points in a game at FSU and is currently among the team’s top five overall leaders in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals this season.

The senior trio has helped FSU clinch an 11th Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament appearance, including a second-straight berth.  The Bulldogs, who are presently tied for third place in the GLIAC's overall standings, will play a tournament quarterfinal-round game next Tuesday (March 2) at a site and time to be determined with the opponent also unknown pending this week's league results.

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