Showdown Saturday As FSU Hosts Findlay

Big Rapids, Mich. - A showdown is set between the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) divisional men's basketball leaders as Ferris State hosts nationally third-ranked Findlay on Saturday (Feb. 19) afternoon at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.

The men's game tips off first at 1 p.m. (ET) and will be followed by the women's contest at 3 p.m. (ET).  Tickets will be sold at the door with FSU students admitted free by showing their student identification cards. Adult general admission tickets are $7 while FSU faculty/staff, seniors and students grades K-12 are $5.

Ferris State's men's basketball squad, which is 19-5 overall and 15-2 in league play, clinched at least a share of the GLIAC North Division Championship with Thursday's (Feb. 17) 78-66 league home win over Wayne State.  The Bulldogs lead rival Grand Valley State by two games in the divisional standings with two regular-season games remaining. The Bulldogs have won 11 consecutive games and 13 of their last 14 overall to date.  FSU is also unbeaten (11-0) at home this campaign.

Meanwhile, Findlay heads the South Division standings with 21-2 overall and 14-2 league records despite suffering a 72-66 league road setback at Grand Valley State on Thursday.  They head to Big Rapids with a 21-2 overall mark along with a 14-2 GLIAC record.  Findlay won the 2008-09 NCAA-II National Championship and is guided by 26th-year head coach Ron Niekamp.

The contest will also have big postseason ramifications as the winner will secure the inside track towards potentially hosting the GLIAC Tournament Final Four the weekend of March 5-6 pending the outcome of the final week of regular-season play and surviving the league tournament quarterfinals, which will be held on campus sites Wednesday, March 2.

Additionally, both teams are also included among the region's top 10 schools as Findlay was third and FSU ninth heading into Thursday night.  The top eight teams at the end of the year will earn bids to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

A year ago (2/6/10), the Bulldogs beat Findlay for only the second time in the last 45 years by posting an 86-77 home win over the Oilers at Wink Arena behind a personal career-high 35 points from current senior All-America standout Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills).  Overall, however, 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.  Findlay had claimed 10-straight wins in regular season play over the Bulldogs prior to last year's loss in Big Rapids.

Ferris State's divisional crown is FSU's first since winning back-to-back North Division titles in 2003-04 and 2004-05. In addition, the Bulldogs' 19 victories to date this year are the program's most since reaching the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen with a 24-7 mark in 2004-05 and the Bulldogs' 15 league wins are the second-most in school history behind only the 16-0 GLIAC record recorded in 1988-89.

Keenan could potentially become the GLIAC's all-time career scoring leader on Saturday as well as he now needs only 19 points to tie and 20 more to surpass former Grand Valley State standout John Flynn atop the league's career scoring list (based on league games).  Flynn tallied 1,531 points over his four-year career in conference games to set the mark while Keenan presently has 1,512 career points in GLIAC play and is the school's second-leading all-time scorer with 2,095 points overall.

Saturday's doubleheader will represent FSU's Saturday "Kidz Day" event sponsored by Green's Sporting Goods at Wink Arena.  The fun, exciting and free activities for kids will include an arts and crafts table, bounce house, halftime events, face painting, photos with Brutus the Bulldog and more.  It is free to children in grades K-12 with a paid adult.

Additionally, the FSU Student Government and Entertainment Unlimited organizations have also teamed up for a "Caribbean of the North Snowcoming" event taking place throughout the weekend. On Saturday, the "Snowcoming" event will continue with a special "Snow Fest" taking place in Lot 48 next to the Ice Arena following the basketball games versus Findlay and leading up to the evening's Bulldog Hockey home contest against Notre Dame at 7:05 p.m. (ET).  It will include hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee, chili, music, sledding and a snowman building contest for all students.

Saturday's action will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network with a live audio and video pay-per-view webcast offered via America One. Both games can also be heard via Bulldog Radio on Charter Channel 98 in Mecosta County or Channel 21 on the FSU campus along with online via Ustream at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com. Live internet statistics will also be provided or fans can follow FSU twitter and facebook scoring updates.

The contest against the Oilers is the Bulldogs' last men's game until next Saturday's (Feb. 26) regular-season home finale against archrival GVSU at Wink Arena. A special "1,000 Wins Celebration" is planned for the Senior Day game with all former players invited back to commemorate the 1,000th victory recorded earlier this year.

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

Live Bulldog Sports Network Audio Broadcast
Live America One Video Webcast
Live Internet Statistics
Live Facebook Scoring Updates
Live Twitter Scoring Updates

Saturday, Feb. 19
Women's Basketball vs. Findlay, 3 p.m.

Live Bulldog Sports Network Audio Broadcast
Live America One Video Webcast
Live Internet Statistics
Live Facebook Scoring Updates
Live Twitter Scoring Updates

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