January 31, 2011

DeHart Reaps Benefits Of Big Shooting Night

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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University senior guard/forward Matt DeHart (Greenville) has reaped the benefits of his big shooting night as the sharpshooter today was chosen as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men's Basketball North Division Player of the Week.

The announcement was made by the league office and marks the first time in his career he's received the league's weekly award.  It is the fourth time a Bulldog player has claimed the honor this year, including the third-straight week.

DeHart provided timely clutch shooting and had the hot hand from the outside as the Ferris State men's basketball team moved into a tie for first place in the GLIAC North Division with a memorable 79-72 overtime triumph over archrival Grand Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 29) night before an announced crowd of 5,863 fans in the "131 Showdown" at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. 

The 6-4 DeHart tallied a career-high 21 points and connected on six-of-12 (50%) three-point field goals in the victory over the Lakers.  He also added eight rebounds and four steals while playing a career-high 41 minutes in a solid all-around game. 

DeHart's shooting performance helped the Bulldogs keep pace with GVSU as the squad's two leading scorers, fellow seniors Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) and Darien Gay (Detroit/Henry Ford), were both hampered by foul trouble in the first half. 

The Greenville product has now reached double-figure scoring in five of FSU's last six games after not reaching double-digits in the first 13 outings this campaign.

Presently, DeHart ranks tied for fourth this season among the conference leaders in made three-pointers (2.4 pg.) and is also 11th in three-point field goal percentage (.418).  He's currently eighth on the school's all-time career leaders list with 141 treys and also is listed eighth in career three-point percentage (.399).

With Saturday's win, the Bulldogs improved to 14-5 overall and 10-2 in league action.  They have presently won six consecutive games and eight of their last nine overall.

The Bulldogs will next hit the road and try to maintain their hold on first place in the divisional standings on Thursday, Feb. 3, when they visit Lake Superior State for a 5:30 p.m. (ET) league tilt in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.  FSU then hosts Saginaw Valley State this Saturday, Feb. 5, in a 1 p.m. (ET) GLIAC home contest at Jim Wink Arena.

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