Men's BB Game Notes: GVSU (Feb. 26)

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Saturday, Feb. 26
Men's Basketball vs. Grand Valley State, 1 p.m.

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* The Game: The Ferris State men's basketball team will host archrival Grand Valley State in its regular-season finale on Saturday (Feb. 26) at Jim Wink Arena.  Tipoff for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game is set for 1 p.m. (ET). A near-capacity crowd is expected for the game and fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early.

* Ticket Info: Ticket prices are $7 for adults or $5 for FSU faculty/staff, seniors (age 60+) and students in grades K-12.  Ferris students are admitted free with their student identification cards. Advance tickets can be purchased thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office.  The box office will begin selling tickets on Thursday at 9 a.m. (ET) with operating hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday.  They will also open on Saturday to sell tickets starting at 10 a.m. leading up to gametime.  The doors to Wink Arena will open at 12 p.m. For additional information, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.

* Media Coverage: Saturday's game will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Scott Roman calling the play-by-play action and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary. Live audio will be streamed online in addition to a live pay-per-view video webcast. 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.

* GLIAC North Champs: Last Saturday's (Feb. 19) exciting 84-66 win over previously nationally third-ranked Findlay lifted FSU to the outright GLIAC North Division Championship and the inside track to potentially hosting the semifinals and finals of the GLIAC Tournament on March 5-6.  Ferris also secured a tournament quarterfinal-round home contest, which will be played against an opponent yet to be named on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. (ET).  Pairings will be announced Saturday evening.

* Bulldog Rankings: Ferris State is listed 21st in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II Top 25 National Poll this week.  The Bulldogs also jumped from ninth to third in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Rankings announced Wednesday.  The top eight teams at the end of the year earn bids into the NCAA-II Midwest Regional Tournament set for March 12-15 at a campus site to be determined.

* The Records: Ferris State (20-5, 16-2 GLIAC) has presently won 12 consecutive games to date this year and 14 of its last 15 overall.  The Bulldogs were 16-13 overall and reached the GLIAC Tourney semifinals. last year.
   
Grand Valley State (18-7, 13-5 GLIAC) has dropped four of its last seven contests overall.  The Lakers have also clinched a GLIAC Tourney berth and are second overall in the North Division behind FSU.

* The Coaches: Ferris State  – Bill Sall (Calvin, 1994), 9th season, 140-126 (.526) – (8-13 vs. GVSU).  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.
   
Grand Valley State – Ric Wesley (Central Michigan, 1980), 6th season. Wesley spent five years as associate head coach at Southwest Missouri State before taking over at GVSU. He also spent time as a NCAA-I assistant at Lamar and Iowa State. Wesley's directed
GVSU to five national tourney bids, two Elite Eight showings and four league titles in his tenure.

* Keenan Ties GLIAC Mark: FSU senior forward/center Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) tied the GLIAC's all-time career scoring record last Saturday (Feb. 19) at Jim Wink Arena. The 6-7 All-American tallied a game-high 19 points in FSU's 84-66 upset over Findlay and matched former Grand Valley State standout John Flynn atop the league's all-time scoring chart with 1,531 career points in league play. Keenan now needs only a single point against GVSU to hold the league's all-time scoring record on his own.

* 1000 Wins Celebration: Ferris will hold a special "1,000 Wins Celebration" in conjunction with Saturday's game at Wink Arena. All former players have been invited back to campus to help the Bulldogs commemorate the impressive achievement.  The special event will take place at halftime of the men's showdown with GVSU. 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.

* Senior Day: Saturday is "Senior Day" as the Bulldogs will honor their four seniors prior to tipoff of the men's game.  The senior class includes the GLIAC's all-time career scoring leader in Justin Keenan in addition to a 1,000-point scorer in guard Darien Gay (Detroit/Henry Ford), the program's all-time blocked shots leader in forward Lou Williams (Muskegon Heights) and Matt DeHart (Greenville), who ranks among the school's all-time career leaders in both made three-point field goals and three-point field goal percentage.  All four have been starters for the Bulldogs this season as FSU captured the GLIAC North Championship.

* GLIAC Player Of The Week: Ferris' Justin Keenan was tabbed as this week's (Feb. 22) GLIAC North Player of the Week for the fourth time this year after tying the league's all-time scoring mark last week. In two games last week, Keenan totaled 41 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and two steals while averaging 20.5 points, eight rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest against Findlay and Wayne State.  He shot 58% or better from the floor in both games, including making seven-of-11 (.636) tries against Findlay.

* Successful Season: This year's divisional title is FSU's third under head coach Bill Sall and the program's first since winning back-to-back GLIAC North crowns in 2003-04 and 2004-05.  The Bulldogs' 20 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' 16 league wins are now tied for the most in school history along with the perfect 16-0 GLIAC record recorded in 1988-89.  FSU is also unbeaten (12-0) at home this year heading into Saturday's game against GVSU.

* FSU Clinches Berth: Ferris has already clinched a GLIAC Tournament berth and presently holds the league's top overall record and the inside track towards potentially hosting the GLIAC Semifinals/Finals pending the final outcome of regular-season play.  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.

* 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.

* 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 159 career blocked shots to date, including a school single-season record 54 to date this season.

* School Record: Ferris senior Lou Williams notched a school-record eight blocked shots in FSU's 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 159 to date.  He broke Anderson's single-season record of 50 blocks set in 2000-01 last weekend and has 54 to date this year.  In addition, he leads the GLIAC with 2.2 blocks per game this year.

* The Hot Hand: Ferris State senior guard/forward Matt DeHart (Greenville) has reached double-figure scoring in eight of FSU's last 12 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 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.422).  He's currently sixth on the school's all-time career leaders list with 157 treys and also is listed eighth in career three-point percentage (.403).

* 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 .... The Bulldogs' current 12-game streak marks the first time FSU has posted a double-digit victory streak since winning 11 in a row during the 2004-05 season.

* 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 (Feb. 5).  A three-time team MVP, Keenan has reached double-figure scoring in 103 of 109 career outings. He's also tallied 10 points or more in 81 of his last 84 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.

* Looking At GVSU: The Lakers are presently 18-7 overall and 13-5 in the GLIAC to date this year. GVSU finished 22-9 and was 16-6 in the GLIAC last year (2009-10) while reaching the NCAA-II Tournament under head coach Ric Wesley. Presently, they've dropped four of their last seven contests to date this season. Senior guard Justin Ringler, a native of Reed City, paces the Lakers in scoring at 14.6 points per game. Twelve of the Lakers' 18 wins this campaign have came at home in Allendale.

* Series Info vs. GVSU: Ferris holds a 49-46 advantage heading into Saturday's 96th meeting with GVSU. The Bulldogs and Lakers split two meetings last year with FSU earning a decisive 67-41 home win in Big Rapids (11/30/09) before Grand Valley State responded to post a 80-68 win in Allendale (1/11/10). Ferris then posted a 79-72 overtime triumph against GVSU in the "131 Showdown" earlier this year (Jan. 29) before a crowd of 5,863 fans at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.  Overall, the two teams have split the last six meetings.

* Last Year At Wink Arena: Ferris' 26-point victory over GVSU in last year's initial meeting (Nov. 30) at Big Rapids was its most decisive win over the Lakers since recording a 111-79 home win on Feb. 11, 1970, and the second-largest ever. Additionally, the 41 points allowed by FSU were the fewest the Lakers have ever scored versus the Bulldogs ..... The 41-point total in that game a year ago was the fewest points allowed by Ferris against any opponent since a 40-34 home win over Oakland in the 1989-90 season (2/15/90), nearly 20 years prior to the contest. It also marked only the fifth time since 1980 the Bulldogs had limited another team to 41 points or less in a game.

* 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.  A crowd of 5,863 fans turned out for the league showdown.

* DeHart Earned Honor: FSU's Matt DeHart attained the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week Award for the first time in his career after the "131 Showdown". DeHart provided timely clutch shooting and had the hot hand from the outside as Ferris moved into first place in the GLIAC North with their win over GVSU 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.

* Interesting Note: Ferris State's Justin Keenan currently leads the GLIAC this year in double-double performances (13) and has a league-high three games of 30 or more points this year.  He's also scored 20 or more points in a conference-high 15 games and leads the league with 14 games of 10 or more rebounds.

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