March 24, 2011

Men's Basketball Awards Banquet April 17

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's basketball squad will celebrate one of its most memorable campaigns in recent memory by holding its annual Awards Banquet, presented by the Rebounders Booster Club, on Sunday, April 17, at CK's Place located just south of Big Rapids.

Fans and family members are encouraged to help honor this year's GLIAC North Division Champions and can reserve a seat to join the coaching staff, administration and basketball team as the season's memorable accomplishments are highlighted throughout the event.

Head coach Bill Sall will review the 2010-11 season and present individual honors and awards, with a special recognition gift and tribute to the team's four outstanding seniors in Matt DeHart, Darien Gay, Justin Keenan and Lou Williams. The Bulldogs' Most Valuable Player Award recipient will also be among the special honors announced during the day.

A 1 p.m. (ET) social gathering precedes the dinner at 1:30 p.m. (ET) with the program to immediately follow.

Banquet tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under eight years of age. Player sponsorships are also available for those interested for $20 each.

Further information is available and reservations may be made by calling the FSU Men's Basketball Office at (231) 250-4708. Reservations must be made by Monday, April 11, and checks are payable to "Ferris State University".

Ferris State concluded the 2010-11 season by reaching the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen and the Midwest Regional Championship Game in Louisville, Ky.  The Bulldogs also captured the GLIAC North Division Championship and hosted the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals and Finals this past season.  They earned runner-up laurels in both the conference and NCAA regional tournaments.

FSU's 24-8 overall mark this year was the program's best since posting a 24-7 record and also reaching the regional final in 2004-05.  FSU posted its first NCAA Tournament wins since the '04-05 season with back-to-back victories over Wayne State and Drury (Mo.) in the opening two games of this year's regional tournament.

Overall, the 24 wins recorded by the Bulldogs this season is tied for the third-highest total in school history and FSU's 16 league regular-season victories was best in the conference and tied for the most GLIAC wins in Bulldog annals.

In addition, FSU made its 12th GLIAC Tournament appearance and sixth in the last seven years this season. This year also represented the ninth consecutive year the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games under Sall after the program had not done so in the four years prior to his arrival.

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