February 2, 2011

Men's BB Notes: LSSU/SVSU (Feb. 3 & 5)

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Thursday, Feb. 3
Men's Basketball at Lake Superior State, 5:30 p.m.

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Saturday, Feb. 5
Men's Basketball vs. Saginaw Valley State, 1 p.m.

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* The Games:
Ferris State men's basketball team continues Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play this week.  FSU visits Lake Superior State on Thursday (Feb. 3) for a 5:30 p.m. (ET) tilt in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.  The Bulldogs then return home to host Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Feb. 5) starting at 1 p.m. (ET) inside Wink Arena.

* Ticket Info:
Tickets for both doubleheaders will be available at the door. FSU students are admitted free to Saturday's home contest with their student identification cards. For additional information on home ticket sales, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.

* Media Coverage: Both of this week's games will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and streamed online via Ustream. They can also be heard via Bulldog Radio on Charter Channel 98 in Mecosta County or Channel 21 on the FSU campus. A live pay-per-view video webcast will also be offered for both doubleheaders thru America One in addition to live internet statistics. Links are available at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com (click on the "upcoming events" scoreboard tab or team schedule page).

* Follow On Twitter/Facebook: In addition to radio and internet coverage, Bulldog fans can follow all FSU games this year via Twitter & Facebook. To access the feed, please visit www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics or www.facebook.com/ferrisathletics to follow the tweet-by-tweet social media coverage with periodic scoring updates.

* Showdown Win: FSU pulled off one of its most memorable wins in recent history as the Bulldogs defeated archrival Grand Valley State in the "131 Showdown" on Saturday (Jan. 29) night at Grand Rapids' Van Andel Arena by a 79-72 score in overtime. The Bulldogs trailed 67-65 in regulation following a GVSU three-point play with nine seconds to go. However, after a missed baseline jumper by senior standout Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills), the Bulldogs had two chances on the offensive glass with the second by junior guard Dontae Molden (Detroit/Pershing) finding the hole on a tip-in with less than a second remaining in the contest. FSU then proceeded to score the first five points in overtime, all by senior guard Darien Gay (Detroit/Henry Ford), and made seven-of-12 free throws in the extra session to secure the victory before an announced crowd of 5,863 fans.

* First Place Tie: With Saturday's win, the Bulldogs moved into a tie for first place in the GLIAC North Division standings with GVSU as both teams now hold 10-2 league marks. The "131 Showdown" win was the sixth-straight for the Bulldogs and marked their eighth win in the last nine contests to date.

* The Records: Ferris State (14-5, 10-2 GLIAC) has presently won eight of its last nine games to date.  The Bulldogs were 16-13 overall and reached the GLIAC Tourney semifinals. last year  FSU was 14-14 overall in 2008-09.
   
Lake Superior State (13-6, 7-5 GLIAC) has won five of its last six games to date. The Lakers were 14-14 overall a year ago and posted a 12-9 mark in GLIAC play.
   
Saginaw Valley State (9-9, 5-7 GLIAC) has claimed five of its last six games overall to date. The Cardinals were 16-12 overall last year and 13-9 in the GLIAC.

* The Coaches: Ferris State  – Bill Sall (Calvin, 1994), 9th season, 136-126 (.519) – (10-7 vs. LSSU, 11-7 vs. SVSU).  Sall was a two-time NCAA Division III All-American at Calvin College from 1985-90 and previously held assistant coaching positions at Calvin (1992-95), Ferris State (1995-98) and Hillsdale (1998-02).  He served as FSU's interim coach for a brief portion of the 1995-96 season.
   
Lake Superior State – Steve Hettinga, 4th season at LSSU. He guided the Lakers to an NCAA Division II Tournament appearance and divisional crown in 2008-09. Previously, he served as a head coach at Olivet and MacMurray (Ill.) along with coaching the Grand Rapids Flight
in the International Basketball League (IBL).
   
Saginaw Valley State – Frankie Smith, 4th season at SVSU. Smith took over prior to the 2007-08 after helping NCAA Division I Miami (Ohio) to three-straight postseason appearances as an assistant.

* GLIAC Weekly Honor: FSU senior guard/forward Matt DeHart (Greenville) attained this week's GLIAC North Division Player of the Week Award for the first time in his career. 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 by virtue of their "131 Showdown" win at Van Andel Arena. 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.

* Closing In On GLIAC Record: FSU's Justin Keenan currently has scored 1,416 points over his four-year career in conference contests and needs only 115 points to tie or 116 more to surpass former Grand Valley State standout John Flynn (1998-01) as the GLIAC's all-time leading scorer.  Flynn holds the league's career scoring record with 1,531 points in GLIAC games only over his four-year career.

* Approaching 1,000 Wins: Ferris State is currently only two wins away from notching the 1,000th victory in program history.  FSU heads into Thursday's game with an all-time mark of 998-925 (.519).

* School Record: Ferris senior forward Lou Williams (Muskegon Heights) became the school's all-time leader in career blocked shots with three against Grand Valley State in the "131 Showdown" this past Saturday.  He originally tied former Bulldog Adam Anderson's (1998-03) school record total of 142 career swats in the previous game versus Northern Michigan (Jan. 22).  The 6-7 Williams has 145 career blocked shots to date, including a team-high 40 to date this season.

* Game Promotions: A couple of special events will take place on Saturday at Wink Arena as FSU hosts Saginaw Valley State, including a special halftime performance.  As part of the Big Rapids area's month-long Festival of the Arts celebration, a special performance will take place and feature Fiddlers ReStrung, a 21-piece string ensemble which plays a diverse arrangement of musical styles. Consisting of students from Saline (Mich.) High School, the group offers an authentic creative edge that is clearly visible from the striking energy they portray on stage.

* Wear Red Day: In addition to the performance by Fiddlers ReStrung, Saturday's doubleheader will also mark a celebration of Healthy Hearts.  Fans are encouraged to WEAR RED to commemorate National Wear Red for Hearts Day and Go Red for Women Day.  Games and contests involving heart health will take place and prizes will be offered.  Various heart health stations will also take place in the lobby where fans can obtain information about heart disease and get their blood pressure checked.

* The Hot Hand: Ferris State's Matt DeHart 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).

* Another Milestone: Ferris State senior Justin Keenan has 1,999 career points to date and is only a single point away from notching his 2,000th career point at FSU.  He would become only the second player in Bulldog history to register 2,000 career points.

* Bulldog Bites: FSU's Dontae Molden needs a single point to record his 400th career point as a Bulldog ...... Matt DeHart scored his 500th career point in the win over Grand Valley State at the "131 Showdown" ....... Senior guard Darien Gay (Detroit/Henry Ford) is only one point shy of notching his 1,100th career point ......... Dontae Molden dished out his 300th career assist versus Grand Valley State.

* Coming Up Next: Ferris State hits the road next week traveling to Ohio for a pair of games.  The Bulldogs visit Lake Erie for the first-time ever on Thursday, Feb. 10, before visiting Ashland on Saturday, Feb. 12.  The two games are FSU's final two regular-season road tilts as the final three games will all take place inside Wink Arena against three schools that have been ranked nationally this season in Wayne State, Findlay and Grand Valley State.

* Second Meeting: Ferris State will square off against both Lake Superior State and Saginaw Valley State for the second time this season this week.  The Bulldogs beat LSSU 79-61 earlier this year (Jan. 6) in Big Rapids and then topped Saginaw Valley State 82-74 two days later (Jan. 8) on the road in University Center.

* Preseason National Player of The Year: A returning consensus NCAA-II All-American, Ferris senior center Justin Keenan was tabbed as the Division II Bulletin Preseason National Player of the Year for the 2010-11 campaign. The two-time All-GLIAC First Team honoree was the 2009-10 GLIAC Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring for the second consecutive campaign a year ago. A three-time team MVP, Keenan has reached double-figure scoring in 98 of 103 career outings. He's also tallied 10 points or more in 76 of his last 78 games.

* Leading The Way: FSU's Justin Keenan paced the Bulldogs with a game-high 24 points in "131 Showdown" last Saturday and added 12 rebounds in a double-double effort in his return to his hometown of Grand Rapids despite being limited to only six points in the first half due to foul trouble. He was far from the only Bulldog hero in the contest, though, as senior guard Matt DeHart provided timely clutch shooting to finish with a career-best 21 points. FSU also received 12 points from Darien Gay while Dontae Molden finished with eight points, six rebounds and six assists.  Senior forward Lou Williams added 11 rebounds, seven points and three blocked shots.

* FSU Notebook: Justin Keenan moved past Art Tetzlaff (1967-71) into third place on the school career rebounding chart last Saturday ........ Currently, Justin Keenan has scored 28 points or more in four of his last six outings to date this year, including three of the last four games.  He's also notched a double-double in each of the last four games along with five of the last six, giving him a career-high 10 such efforts this season and 23 in his career ...... Junior guard Dontae Molden has 302 assists to date and moved pasty Mike Gillespie (1979-83) into seventh place all-time at FSU during Saturday's game.

* Bulldog Bites: Senior guard Darien Gay ranks fifth on the school's career list with 394 assists. He also ranks eighth all-time with 130 steals at FSU ....... Darien Gay is currently fourth in career three-point field percentage at FSU as he's made 179 of 422 treys (.424) ..... Senior forward Lou Williams had a personal career-high six blocked shots versus Lake Superior State (Jan. 6), which was only one shy of tying the school's single-game record of seven blocks set previously by both Dave Swilley and Adam Anderson ..... Darien Gay's 14 rebounds at Northwood (Jan. 15) marked a personal career-high .... Senior guard Matt DeHart has reached double-figure scoring in five of his last six contests to date. He ranks eighth all-time with 141 career three's at FSU.

* Possible Breakthrough: The Bulldogs were listed as one of the nation's possible breakthrough teams for the 2010-11 campaign in The Sporting News Division II Preseason Top 10 poll.

* Last Season: FSU concluded the 2009-10 men's basketball campaign with a 16-13 overall record and the Bulldogs placed tied for second (13-9) in GLIAC North Division play. Additionally, FSU made its 11th GLIAC Tournament appearance last campaign, which was the program's fifth berth in the last six years.

* GLIAC Player of the Week: FSU's Justin Keenan has claimed the GLIAC weekly honor three times this year and nine times in his career. Keenan was honored both on Jan. 17 and Jan. 24. He previously was honored as the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week earlier this year on Nov. 23 and won the award four consecutive weeks from Jan. 19-Feb. 8 during the 2009-10 season.

* Looking At LSSU: The Lakers head into Thursday night's contest with a 13-6 overall mark to date and are 7-5 in conference action. LSSU most recently lost at Tiffin 80-73 last Saturday (Jan. 29). Fourth-year head coach Steve Hettinga's squad is led in scoring by junior guard Kyle Hunt (16.9 ppg.). The Lakers have won seven of their last 10 overall. LSSU was 14-14 overall a year ago and posted a 12-9 mark in GLIAC play.

* Looking At SVSU: Saginaw Valley State has claimed five of its last six games overall to date. The Cardinals were 16-12 overall last year and 13-9 in the GLIAC. Junior guard Greg Foster paces the Cardinals in scoring (17.4 ppg.) for fourth-year head coach Frankie Smith's club. SVSU is coming off a 83-79 league road win at Ohio Dominican last Saturday (Jan. 29). They host Grand Valley State on Thursday (Feb. 3) prior to visiting FSU.

* Series History: vs. Lake Superior State: Ferris holds a 74-48 lead heading into Thursday's 123rd meeting versus LSSU. However, the Lakers beat Ferris twice last year by scores of 81-55 in Big Rapids (1/7/10) and 69-66 at Sault Ste. Marie (2/20/10). Ferris head coach Bill
Sall owns a current 10-7 career coaching mark against Lake Superior State. The Bulldogs have won 10 of the last 17 series' matchups overall, including a 79-61 win earlier this year (Jan. 6) in Big Rapids ........ vs. Saginaw Valley State: Ferris maintains a 48-33 lead heading into Saturday's 82nd series meeting with SVSU. Last year, SVSU pulled out an 86-72 triumph at Big Rapids (1/9/10) before beating the Bulldogs 68-66 in University Center (2/18/10). However, FSU came back to post a 65-59 win in the GLIAC Tourney Quarterfinals (3/2/10) at SVSU. Ferris head coach Bill Sall owns a current 11-7 career coaching mark against SVSU. The Bulldogs have won 12 of the last 19 series' encounters overall and topped the Cardinals 82-74 earlier this year (Jan. 8).

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