December 20, 2010

Darien Gay Joins Exclusive 1,000 Points Club

Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University senior guard Darien Gay (Detroit/Henry Ford) reached a major career milestone in the Bulldogs' men's basketball road victory at Northern Michigan on Sunday (Dec. 19) as he notched his 1,000th career point.

Gay topped the mark by hitting a three-pointer with 7:36 remaining in the Bulldogs' 73-63 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road win at Marquette's Berry Events Center, which enabled him to become only the 27th player in more than 80 years of Ferris State basketball history to top the 1,000 career points mark.

The preseason All-GLIAC pick is the sixth FSU player in head coach Bill Sall's nine years at the helm to reach the milestone, joining Adam Anderson (1998-03), Carlton Epps (2001-05), Dennis Springs (2002-06), Terrance Shaw (2003-07) and current senior teammate Justin Keenan (2007-present).

Gay averaged 23.5 points per game in FSU's two-game trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula this past weekend.  The 5-10 guard's performance included a game-high 28 points on nine-of-12 (.750) shooting as the Bulldogs beat Northern Michigan for the 16th time in the last 19 meetings on Sunday (Dec. 19) to wrap up the trip.  His 28 points marked a personal career-high as a Bulldog player.

He added 19 points in the Bulldogs' trip-opening setback at league unbeaten Michigan Tech on Saturday (Dec. 18).  For the two games, the senior standout shot 66.7% (16-24) from the floor and was 10-of-15 (.667) beyond the three-point line.  He hit five three-pointers in both games and added a total of six rebounds, five assists and three steals in the stretch.

In 97 career games to date, Gay has totaled 1,004 points.  He also ranks fifth on the school's career assists leaders list with 356 assists in addition to ninth all-time in steals with 122 thefts.  Gay is currently third in career three-point field percentage at FSU as he's made 164 of 375 treys (.437).

A preseason All-GLIAC honoree, Gay was a second team all-conference choice a season ago for the Bulldogs.  He's presently averaging a team second-best 17.2 points per game to date this year and has totaled 18 points or more in six of his last seven outings.

With Sunday's victory, Ferris State improved to 7-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play this campaign.  The win was FSU's first regular-season victory on the road as all six of Ferris' previous wins had come at home inside Jim Wink Arena.

The Bulldogs will break for the Christmas holiday before returning to action with a non-league contest at Wisconsin-Parkside on Wednesday, Dec. 29, in Kenosha, Wis.  FSU then travels to face NCAA Division I Eastern Michigan on Jan. 4 in Ypsilanti before resuming league play at home versus Lake Superior State on Thursday, Jan. 6, at Wink Arena.

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