February 10, 2011

Men's BB Game Notes: LEC/AU (Feb. 10 & 12)

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Thursday, Feb. 10
Men's Basketball at Lake Erie, 6 p.m.

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Saturday, Feb. 12
Men's Basketball at Ashland, 1 p.m.

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* The Games: Ferris State men's basketball team hits the road for two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week.  FSU visits Lake Erie on Thursday, Feb. 10, for a 6 p.m. (ET) league game in Painesville, Ohio.  The Bulldogs then face Ashland on Saturday, Feb. 12, with tipoff set for 1 p.m. (ET) in Ashland, Ohio.

* Ticket Info: Tickets for both doubleheaders will be available at the
door. For additional info on ticket sales, please contact the LEC and AU Athletics Offices at (440) 375-7480 or (419) 289-5954, respectively.

* 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. Links to follow all the action will be 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.

* FSU Wins 1,000th Game: Ferris State reached an impressive milestone on Saturday (Feb. 5) as the Bulldogs notched their 1,000th all-time win with a close 70-68 victory over Saginaw Valley State at FSU's Jim Wink Arena. The Bulldogs became one of only a handful of GLIAC men's or women's basketball programs to attain the mark while holding onto first place in the GLIAC North Division standings and keeping their perfect (10-0) home record intact this campaign. FSU is planning to celebrate the program's 1,000 wins from 1925-2011 in a special celebration held in conjunction with the regular-season finale versus archrival Grand Valley State on Feb. 26.  Ferris presently holds an all-time mark of 1,000-925 (.519).

* First Place: With last Thursday's (Feb. 3) narrow 62-59 win over Lake Superior State and Saturday's home win over Saginaw Valley State, Ferris State has now won 10 of its last 11 outings for the year, including eight-straight games.  Ferris holds a one-game lead over rival Grand Valley State in the North Division with five regular-season games remaining on the conference slate.

* First Meeting: Thursday's game against Lake Erie at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center will mark the first-ever series' meeting between the two schools after the Storm joined the GLIAC prior to this year along with Ohio Dominican.

* The Records: Ferris State (16-5, 12-2 GLIAC) has presently won 10 of its last 11 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 Erie (5-15, 1-12 GLIAC) have dropped six consecutive games to date this year.  They recorded a 11-16 overall record a year ago prior to joining the GLIAC this season.
   
Ashland (11-9, 5-8 GLIAC) has won three of its last four games this season to date.  The Eagles, who host Grand Valley State on Thursday before facing FSU, were 13-15 overall in 2009-10 and compiled a 9-13 mark in league play.

* The Coaches: Ferris State  – Bill Sall (Calvin, 1994), 9th season, 138-126 (.523) – (0-0 vs. LEC, 9-2 vs. AU).  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 Erie – Cliff Hunt, (Hiram, 1969), 6th season at LEC. The school's all-time winningest coach began his tenure with three-straight winning seasons. Prior to Lake Erie, Hunt spent a total of 24 years as a head coach in the high school ranks in Ohio.
   
Ashland – John Ellenwood, (Wooster, 2000), 2nd season at AU, 5th season overall. Ellenwood replaced former head coach Roger Lyons prior to last year after three seasons at NCAA-III Thomas More, leading the team to a national tourney berth his final year. He was an assistant at both Ohio Wesleyan & Capital.

* Closing In On GLIAC Record: FSU senior forward/center Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) currently has scored 1,451 points over his four-year career in conference contests and needs only 80 points to tie or 81 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.

* School Record: Ferris State senior forward Lou Williams (Muskegon Heights) notched a school-record eight blocked shots in Saturday's victory over SVSU.  The previous record of seven blocks in a game was attained by Dave Swilley in 1982 and Adam Anderson in 2001. The 6-7 Williams also recently surpassed Anderson as the school's career leader in blocks and has 153 to date.  He has 48 blocks this year and needs two more to tie Anderson's single-season record of 50 blocks in 2000-01.  In addition, he leads the GLIAC with 2.3 blocks per game this year.

* One of Two: FSU's Justin Keenan notched his 2,000th career point last Thursday at Lake Superior State to become only the second player in Bulldog history to register 2,000 career points.

* FSU Clinches Berth: Ferris has already clinched a GLIAC Tournament berth with only five regular-season games remaining.  The top three teams from each division along with the next two teams based on winning percentage qualify for the conference tourney.  The teams will be seeded 1-8 with the top four teams hosting quarterfinal-round games on Wednesday, March 2.  The semifinals/finals will be held at the site of the highest seed (after a reseed) on Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6.

* Record Holder: Ferris senior forward Lou Williams became the school's all-time leader in career blocked shots with three against Grand Valley State in the "131 Showdown" (Jan. 29) at Van Andel Arena.  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 153 career blocked shots to date, including a team-high 48 to date this season.

* The Hot Hand: Ferris State senior guard/forward Matt DeHart (Greenville) has reached double-figure scoring in six of FSU's last eight games after not reaching double-digits in the first 13 outings this campaign. Presently, DeHart ranks fourth this season among the conference leaders in made three-pointers (2.5 pg.) and is also 11th in three-point field goal percentage (.421).  He's currently seventh on the school's all-time career leaders list with 148 treys and also is listed eighth in career three-point percentage (.401).

* GLIAC Weekly Honor: FSU's Matt DeHart (Greenville) attained last 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 first place in the GLIAC North by virtue of their "131 Showdown" win at Van Andel Arena (Jan. 29). 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.

* Bulldog Bites: FSU junior guard Dontae Molden (Detroit/Pershing recorded his 400th career point in Thursday's win at LSSU ...... Matt DeHart scored his 500th career point in the win over Grand Valley State at the "131 Showdown" ....... Senior Darien Gay notched his 1,100th career point against Lake Superior State ......... Dontae Molden dished out his 300th career assist versus Grand Valley State.

* Coming Up Next: Ferris State returns home for its final three regular-season games at Jim Wink Arena.  The three games will all come against league chools that have been ranked nationally this season in Wayne State (Feb. 17), Findlay (Feb. 19) and Grand Valley State (Feb. 26).

* Double-Figure Mark: The Bulldogs' Justin Keenan reached double-figure scoring for the 100th time in his career in FSU's home win over Saginaw Valley State.  He totaled a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Bulldog victory. A three-time team MVP, Keenan has reached double-figure scoring in 100 of 105 career outings. He's also tallied 10 points or more in 78 of his last 80 games.

* 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.

* Leading The Way: FSU's Justin Keenan paced the Bulldogs with a game-high 24 points in "131 Showdown" win over Grand Valley State (Jan. 29) 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.

* Regional Rankings: Ferris State was ranked 10th in last week's (Feb. 2) NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Rankings.  Unbeaten Bellarmine (Ky.) headed the listing followed by Southern Indiana, Findlay and Northern Kentucky in the top four.  The top eight at the end of the year receive berths to the NCAA-II Midwest Regional set for March 12-15 at a campus site to be announced.

* FSU Notebook: Ferris' Justin Keenan presently ranks third on the school career rebounding chart with 795 rebounds and needs only five more to notch his 800th board ........ Currently, Justin Keenan has scored 28 points or more in four of his last eight outings to date this year, including three of the last six games.  He's also notched a double-double in each of the last six games along with seven of the last eight, giving him a career-high 12 such efforts this season and 25 in his career ...... Junior guard Dontae Molden has 315 assists to date and is 14 away from tying Jeff Byrd (1987-90) for sixth place.

* Bulldog Bites: Senior guard Darien Gay ranks fifth on the school's career list with 403 assists. He also ranks eighth all-time with 133 steals at FSU ....... Darien Gay is currently fourth in career three-point field percentage at FSU as he's made 184 of 432 treys (.426) ..... Darien Gay's 14 rebounds at Northwood (Jan. 15) marked a personal career-high .... Matt DeHart has reached double-figure scoring in six of his last eight contests to date. He ranks seventh all-time with 148 career three's at FSU and is one away from matching Corey Epps (2001-05) for sixth place ...... The Bulldogs' current eight-game streak is the program's longest since winning 11 in a row in 2004-05 .... This year marks only the second time the Bulldogs have won 10 or more home games at the current Jim Wink Arena.  FSU was 15-1 overall in '04-05 at home.

* Looking At Lake Erie: The Storm head into Thursday's contest with a 5-15 overall record and are 1-12 in the GLIAC to date under sixth-year head coach Cliff Hunt.  Lake Erie has dropped six consecutive games to date this year.  They recorded a 11-16 overall record a year ago as an independent school prior to joining the GLIAC this season. They are paced in scoring by senior guard Ethan Bradshaw (15.5 ppg.).

* Looking At Ashland: The Eagles own an 11-9 overall record to date and are presently 5-8 in the GLIAC this campaign under second-year head coach John Ellenwood.  AU has won three of its last four games this season to date.  The Eagles, who host Grand Valley State on Thursday before facing FSU, were 13-15 overall in 2009-10 and compiled a 9-13 mark in league play. Senior forward Kale Richardson is averaging a team-high 14.6 points per game to date.

* Series History: vs. Lake Erie: Thursday's meeting will mark the first-ever series' matchup between the two teams ........ vs. Ashland: Ferris holds a 13-6 series' edge over Ashland and beat the Eagles twice last season, including a 82-72 win in Big Rapids (12/3/09) and a 80-69 victory in Ohio (1/16/10) . The Bulldogs have won seven of the last eight meetings versus AU to date following the two wins last year and FSU head coach Bill Sall owns a current 9-2 career coaching mark against Ashland.

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