Men's BB Game Notes: WSU/UF (Feb. 17 & 19)

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Thursday, Feb. 17
Men's Basketball vs. Wayne State, 6 p.m.

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Saturday, Feb. 19
Men's Basketball vs. Findlay, 1 p.m.

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* The Games: Ferris State men's basketball team is back at home for a pair of key Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week at Jim Wink Arena.  FSU hosts Wayne State on Thursday (Feb. 17) before facing nationally third-ranked Findlay on Saturday (Feb. 19).

* Ticket Info: Tickets for both doubleheaders will be sold at the door.  FSU students are admitted free with their student identification cards. Adult general admission tickets are $7 while FSU faculty/staff, seniors and students grades K-12 are $5.  Ferris students are admitted free with 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. A live pay-per-view webcast will be offered thru America One.  They can also be heard via Bulldog Radio on Charter Channel 98 in Mecosta County or Channel 21 on the FSU campus along with online from Ustream. 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.

* First Place: The Bulldog men's team has currently won 10 consecutive games and holds a two-game lead over rival Grand Valley State in the GLIAC North Division standings with three games left in the regular-season. FSU needs at least one more win or a GVSU loss to clinch at least a share of the divisional championship.

* Regional Games: All three teams are also ranked among the NCAA Division II Midwest Region's top 10 men's teams this year with Findlay third, WSU sixth and FSU ninth this week.  The top eight regional teams at the end of the season earn bids into the NCAA Division II Tournament.

* Two More Wins: The Bulldogs won two league games on the road in Ohio last week as FSU defeated Lake Erie for the first-time ever by a 77-64 count on Thursday (Feb. 10) before beating Ashland 83-67 on Saturday (Feb. 12).  Senior Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) tallied 30 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to lead FSU at Lake Erie while the Bulldogs received a career-high tying 16 points from senior Lou Williams (Muskegon Heights) in the win at Ashland.

* The Records: Ferris State (18-5, 14-2 GLIAC) has presently won 12 of its last 13 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.
   
Wayne State (17-5, 12-3 GLIAC) has won four of its last five outings to date this campaign.  They recorded a 14-13 overall mark last year and were 12-10 in the league.
   
Findlay (21-1, 14-1 GLIAC) is currently ranked third nationally this year heading into Thursday's road game at Grand Valley State.  The Oilers posted a 24-7 mark last season and were 17-5 in the GLIAC.

* The Coaches: Ferris State  – Bill Sall (Calvin, 1994), 9th season, 138-126 (.523) – (4-9 vs. WSU, 2-11 vs. UF).  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.
   
Wayne State – David Greer, 10th season at WSU. Greer led the Warriors to four-straight GLIAC Tourney berths and back-to-back NCAA-II Tourney bids, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2004.
   
Findlay – Ron Niekamp, 26th year at UF. Niekamp has guided the Oilers to nine GLIAC South titles since 1999 and led UF to a national title in 2008-09 while earning national Coach of the Year honors. His teams have posted 25-straight winning seasons to date. He also won 208 games as a prep coach before Findlay.

* Closing In On GLIAC Record: FSU senior forward/center Justin Keenan currently has scored 1,490 points over his four-year career in conference contests and needs only 41 points to tie or 42 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.

* 1000 Wins Celebration: Ferris will hold a special "1,000 Wins Celebration" in conjunction with the Bulldogs' regular-season finale against archrival Grand Valley State on Saturday, Feb. 26, at Jim Wink Arena. All former players have been invited back to campus to help the Bulldogs commemorate the impressive achievement.  The special event and ceremony will take place during the men's showdown with GVSU, which is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (ET) tipoff. The program's 1,000th victory came in a 70-68 league home win over Saginaw Valley State on Feb. 5.  More info is available at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com.

* One of Two: FSU's Justin Keenan notched his 2,000th career point at Lake Superior State (Feb. 3) to become only the second player in Bulldog history to register 2,000 career points.  Dennis Johnson is the school's all-time scoring leader with 2,312 career points.

* FSU Clinches Berth: Ferris has already clinched a GLIAC Tournament berth with only thre 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.

* School Record: Ferris senior Lou Williams notched a school-record eight blocked shots in FSU's last home game versus Saginaw Valley State (Feb. 5).  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 2.1 blocks per game this year.

* The Hot Hand: Ferris State senior guard/forward Matt DeHart (Greenville) has reached double-figure scoring in seven of FSU's last 10 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 eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.417).  He's currently sixth on the school's all-time career leaders list with 153 treys and also is listed eighth in career three-point percentage (.401).

* GLIAC Weekly Honor: FSU's Matt DeHart (Greenville) attained the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week Award for the first time in his career on Jan. 31. 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 over Grand Valley Sate 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 at Lake Superior State (Feb. 3) ...... 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 hosts archrival Grand Valley State in the regular-season finale on Saturday, Feb. 26, at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.  The GLIAC contest tips off at 1 p.m. (ET).

* Double-Figure Mark: The Bulldogs' Justin Keenan reached double-figure scoring for the 100th time in his career in FSU's last home win over Saginaw Valley State (Feb. 5).  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 101 of 107 career outings. He's also tallied 10 points or more in 79 of his last 82 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.

* FSU Notebook: Justin Keenan presently ranks third on the school career rebounding chart with 826 rebounds and notched his 800th career board in last Thursday's (Feb. 10) win at Lake Erie ........ Currently, Justin Keenan has scored 28 points or more in five of his last 10 outings to date this year, including four of the last eight games.  He's also notched a double-double in seven of the last eight games along with eight of the last 10, giving him a career-high 13 such efforts this season and 26 in his career ...... Junior guard Dontae Molden has 324 assists to date and is five 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 409 assists. He also ranks eighth all-time with 134 steals at FSU ....... Darien Gay is currently sixth in career three-point field percentage at FSU as he's made 187 of 440 treys (.425) ..... Darien Gay's 14 rebounds at Northwood (Jan. 15) marked a personal career-high ...... The Bulldogs' current 10-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 ..... Sophomore guard Kenny Brown (Farmington Hills/Harrison) had two double-figure scoring games last week with 15 at Lake Erie and 12 at Ashland .... FSU holds a perfect 4-0 mark to date against the GLIAC's Ohio schools this year.

* Looking At Wayne State: Wayne State is currently 17-5 overall and ranks among the league's top teams in the South Division with a 12-3 conference slate under 10th-year head coach David Greer.  The Warriors have won four of their last five outings overall to date and are paced in scoring by sophomore guard Mike Hollingsworth (16.6 ppg.).  WSU was 14-13 overall in 2009-10 and placed third in the division with a 12-10 GLIAC record.

* Looking At Findlay: The Oilers head into Thursday's road tilt at Grand Valley State with a 21-1 overall mark and are 14-1 in GLIAC action to date this year.  Findlay, which won the 2008-09 NCAA-II National Championship, is guided by 26th-year head coach Ron Niekamp. The Oilers are led in scoring by senior guard Nathan Hyde (15.2 ppg.) to date this season.  Their lone loss was a 91-68 setback at Wayne State (Jan. 8).  Findlay is 8-1 on the road this year and 13-0 at home where they have won 102 consecutive regular-season tilts inside Croy Gymnasium.  Findlay has appeared in nine consecutive NCAA-II Tournaments.

* Series History vs. WSU: The Bulldogs hold a 37-35 series' edge over Wayne State, but have dropped 12 of the last 16 series' games to date, including a 85-78 home setback in the most recent game a year ago (2/27/10). Ferris snapped a nine-game series' losing streak with a 70-65 home triumph in 2006 (2/16), which was the squad's first win over WSU since 1996-97. Ferris' 54-52 win last year in Detroit (1/21/10) was its first over WSU in the Motor City since the 1994-95 season.

* Series History vs. UF: Findlay is presently 16-4 all-time against the Bulldogs and has won 15 of the last 17 series' meetings. UF beat Ferris twice during its 2008-09 championship run before taking two of three last season.  UF posted a convincing 90-62 home win in the first matchup last campaign (12/10/09) before the Bulldogs' 86-77 triumph at Wink Arena (2/6/10). The Oilers then recorded a 82-69 victory in the GLIAC Tourney Semifinals at home (3/5/10).  UF had claimed 10-straight wins in regular season play over the Bulldogs prior to last year's loss in Big Rapids. FSU's last series' win before its home victory a year ago came in the 2005-06 GLIAC Tournament Semifinals (3/3/06) by a 64-62 score in Allendale.

* Last Year's Home Win Over Findlay: Ferris State snapped a 10-game regular-season series' losing streak in last year's (2/6/10) home meeting against Findlay at Jim Wink Arena as the Bulldogs toppled the defending NCAA Division II National Champions in an exciting 86-77 triumph. The win, which ended Findlay's five-game overall series' streak, was also Ferris' first against the Oilers in the current Wink Arena as the Bulldogs had dropped all five previous tilts versus Findlay in the 11-year old facility. The triumph was only FSU's second victory in the series' during the last 45 years as the Bulldogs' 2005-06 GLIAC Semifinal win over Findlay in Allendale had been its first over Findlay since 1964.

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