FSU Men's Basketball Visits LSSU & SVSU

Thursday, Jan. 5
Men's Basketball at Lake Superior State, 7:30 p.m.

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Saturday, Jan. 7
Men's Basketball at Saginaw Valley State, 7 p.m.
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* The Games: The Ferris State University men's basketball team resumes Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action with a pair of league contests this week.  FSU visits Lake Superior State on Thursday (Jan. 5) for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) tilt and then travels to Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 7) for a 7 p.m. (ET) game.

* Home Ticket Info: Ferris State home basketball tickets are sold on gameday at Wink Arena and are $7 for adults or $5 for FSU faculty/staff, senior (ages 65+) and students K-12.  Current FSU students are admitted free by showing a valid student ID card.  For more ticket info, please call the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or visit the official FSU website at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

* Media Coverage: Both games will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley providing the play-by-play coverage.  They will also be accessible online.  A live pay-per-view video webcast and live internet statistics will also be offered by the other schools.  Visit the FSU Athletics Website at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com for a complete listing of links.

* Follow On Twitter/Facebook: In addition to internet coverage, Bulldog fans can also follow FSU games this year via Twitter and Facebook with updates. Please visit www.facebook.com/ferrisathletics or www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics to follow the posts and tweet-by-tweet coverage with periodic scoring updates.

* Last Season: 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/Finals a year ago while finishing with a 24-8 overall record.  FSU must replace four key starters this campaign from a team that fell to eventual D2 national champion Bellarmine in the regional finals.

* Last Time Out: A strong second half shooting performance lifted the University of Indianapolis to an impressive 88-71 regional win over Ferris State in men's basketball action on Friday (Dec. 30) afternoon at FSU's Jim Wink Arena. The visiting Greyhounds shot 63% from the floor in the second half and nailed nine-of-18 (50%) three-pointers for the contest in beating the Bulldogs.  The contest was the first for both teams following the holiday break. FSU led by as many as five points with 7:03 to go in the opening stanza before the Greyhounds battled back to take a 35-27 lead at the break.  They outscored Ferris State 53-44 over the final 20 minutes in posting the win. The Bulldogs were led by junior guard Kenny Brown's (Farmington Hills/Harrison) 16 points. 

* The Records: Ferris State (7-5, 4-1 GLIAC) has won sevenof its last nine outings this year to date.  FSU won 16 of its last 19 games a year ago, including 18 of its last 22 overall en route to a 24-8 overall mark.  The Bulldogs won the GLIAC North Division Championship with a 16-3 record and served as the host for the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals & Finals.  FSU was 1-2 in exhibition play this season.
   
Lake Superior State (6-5, 1-3 GLIAC) has not played since picking up its first conference victory with a 68-63 home win over Saginaw Valley State (Dec. 17).  The Lakers were 15-12 overall a year ago and 9-10 in the GLIAC.
   
Saginaw Valley State (4-6, 1-3 GLIAC) hosts Grand Valley State on Thursday (Jan. 5) prior to facing FSU.  The Cardinals last dropped a 68-63 contest at Lake Superior State on Dec. 17.  They finished 13-14 in 2010-11 and were 9-10 in GLIAC play.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Bill Sall (Calvin, 1994), 10th season, 153-134 (.533) – (11-7 vs. LSSU, 13-7 vs. SVSU).  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 Superior State – Steve Hettinga, 5th season at LSSU. He guided the Lakers to an NCAA Division II Tournament appearance and divisional crown in 2008-09. Previously, he served as a head coach at Olivet and MacMurray (Ill.) along with coaching the Grand Rapids Flight
in the International Basketball League (IBL).
   
Saginaw Valley State – Frankie Smith, 5th season at SVSU. Smith took over prior to the 2007-08 after helping NCAA Division I Miami (Ohio) to three-straight postseason appearances as an assistant.

* First Place: Defending champion Ferris State is currently tied for first place in the GLIAC North Division standings heading into the weekend.  The Bulldogs along with Grand Valley State and Michigan Tech all own identical 4-1 league marks after five games.

* The Leaders: In last Friday's loss to Indianapolis, the Bulldogs were led by junior guard Kenny Brown's (Farmington Hills/Harrison) 16 points.  Senior guard Donate Molden (Detroit/Pershing) chipped in with 15 points, junior forward Daniel Sutherlin (Detroit/Renaissance) contributed 14 points and freshman guard Drew Lehman (Toledo/Catholic Central) netted 12 points. Sutherlin paced the Bulldogs with eight rebounds on the glass and totaled four blocked shots while senior forward Jerrell Sanders (Grand Rapids/Creston) contributed seven rebounds to go with six points, three assists and two blocked shots.

* Series History vs. LSSU: Ferris holds a 75-48 lead heading into Thursday's 124th meeting versus LSSU. The Bulldogs beat the Lakers twice last year with a 79-61 win in Big Rapids (1/6/11) followed by a close 62-59 win in Sault Ste. Marie (2/3/11). Ferris head coach Bill Sall owns a current 11-7 career coaching mark against Lake Superior State. The Bulldogs have won 11 of the last 18 series' matchups overall.

* Series History vs. SVSU: Ferris maintains a 50-33 lead heading into Saturday's 84th series meeting with SVSU. The Bulldogs have won 14 of the last 21 series' encounters overall and topped the Cardinals three times last year - 82-74 in University Center (1/8/11), 70-68 in Big Rapids (2/5/11) and 80-61 in the GLIAC Quarterfinals at Big Rapids (3/2/11). Ferris head coach Bill Sall owns a current 13-7 career coaching mark against SVSU.

* Looking At LSSU: Lake Superior State, which is 6-5 overall and 1-3 in the GLIAC, has not played since picking up its first conference victory with a 68-63 home win over Saginaw Valley State (Dec. 17).  The Lakers were 15-12 overall a year ago and 9-10 in the GLIAC.  They've dropped four of their last five games overall, but three of their losses this year have came in overtime.  LSSU is guided by head coach Steve Hettinga and paced in scoring by senior guard Kyle Hunt (15.0 ppg.).

* Looking At SVSU: Saginaw Valley State hosts Grand Valley State on Thursday (Jan. 5) prior to facing FSU.  The Cardinals are 4-6 overall and 1-3 in GLIAC play to date this year.  They last dropped a 68-63 contest at Lake Superior State on Dec. 17.  SVSU finished 13-14 in 2010-11 and were 9-10 in GLIAC play. Head coach Frankie Smith's team has three players averaging in double-figures and is led by junior guard Chris Webb (15.9 ppg.).  They've lost three games in a row heading into the week.

* Great Campaign: FSU's 24-8 overall men's hoops mark last year was the program's best since posting a 24-7 record and also reaching the regional final in 2004-05.  Overall, the 24 wins recorded by the Bulldogs was 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.

* Miscellaneous Notes: FSU's Kenny Brown has been tabbed twice this season as the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week.  He also claimed the Bankhoops.com Michigan Small College Player of the Week honor once this year.

* The Last Meeting At LSSU: FSU pulled out a hard-fought 62-59 league road win in its last meetinga against Lake Superior State a year ago (2/3/11) in Sault Ste. Marie. The Bulldogs trailed 50-39 in the second half before coming back to earn the victory. FSU fought back from its second-half deficit and took the lead on a three-pointer from then senior forward Matt DeHart with 50 seconds left in the contest.  The Lakers had three chances to tie the game before Ferris guard Kenny Brown was finally fouled and made one of two free throws with 10 seconds to go. LSSU had two chances to tie the game with a three-pointer in the closing seconds, but both shots came up short as the Bulldogs preserved the win.

* The Last Meeting vs. SVSU: Nationally-ranked Ferris State proved worthy of its number one overall seed as the Bulldogs ran past Saginaw Valley State by an 80-61 count in the quarterfinal round of the GLIAC Tournament a year ago (3/2/11) in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs overcame a slow start to defeat Saginaw Valley State for the third time last season and it marked the second-straight year FSU had defeated SVSU in the league tournament quarterfinals. Unlike the previous two meetings that were determined by a combined total of 10 points, however, FSU seized control and rolled to a convincing win. The lead grew to as many as 30 points with 5:12 to play when the Bulldogs put most of their starting lineup to the bench for good.

* The Exhibition Season: The Bulldogs posted a 1-2 mark in exhibition play this season.  FSU fell to NCAA Division I Michigan State by a 85-58 score on Oct. 30 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.  The Bulldogs bounced back to beat Grace Bible 91-78 at home (Nov. 2) before falling on the road at Calvin last Tuesday (Nov. 8) in Grand Rapids.

* Bulldog Quick Fact: Ferris State welcomed back eight letterwinners this season from last year's NCAA Tournament squad. Included in the total is a returning starter in senior point guard Dontae Molden (Detroit/Pershing). The roster also includes eight freshmen.

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