FSU Men's Hoops To Face MTU & NMU On Road

FSU Men's Hoops To Face MTU & NMU On Road

Thursday, Jan. 19
Men's Basketball at Michigan Tech, 7:30 p.m.

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Saturday, Jan. 21
Men's Basketball at Northern Michigan, 3 p.m.
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* The Games: The Ferris State University men's basketball team heads to Michigan's Upper Peninsula for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week.  FSU visits Michigan Tech on Thursday, Jan. 19, for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) league tilt in Houghton.  The Bulldogs then face Northern Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 21, starting at 3 p.m. (ET) in Marquette, Mich.

* Media Coverage: Both of this week's games will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley calling all the play-by-play action.  They will also be accessible online as well at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.  A live pay-per-view video webcast and live internet statistics will also be offered by the host institutions.  Visit 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 periodic posts and tweet-by-tweet coverage with 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.

* Overtime Thriller: It took more than 40 minutes of effort, but Ferris State responded from a disappointing road setback to record a thrilling 74-69 overtime victory over Northwood on Saturday (Jan. 14) afternoon in GLIAC action at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.  The Bulldogs moved into a first place tie in the divisional standings after outscoring Northwood by five points in the extra session.  FSU led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but Northwood's Cameron Joyce drove the length of the floor in 3.8 seconds and banked in a shot as time expired in regulation to force the extra session.  FSU made six-of-eight (75%) free throws in overtime to pick up the win.

* The Records: Ferris State (9-6, 6-2 GLIAC) has won nine of its last 12 outings this year to date.  FSU won 16 of its final 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.
Michigan Tech (8-7, 6-2 GLIAC) has dropped three of its last five games to date this year, including a 77-71 league road setback at Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 14).  The Huskies were 17-11 overall last season and tabbed as this year's divisional favorite.
Northern Michigan (7-8, 3-5 GLIAC) has won three of its last four games to date heading into Thursday's (Jan. 19) league home tilt versus Grand Valley State.  The Wildcats were 9-17 last year and placed seventh in the GLIAC North with a 4-15 league record.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Bill Sall (Calvin, 1994), 10th season, 155-135 (.534) – (10-10 vs. MTU, 18-3 vs. NMU).  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.
Michigan Tech – Kevin Luke, 18th season at MTU. Luke has led the Huskies to four GLIAC titles, five NCAA Division II Tournament berths and his teams have won an average of nearly 19 games per season. He was the Basketball Times National Coach of the Year in 2002-03.
Northern Michigan – Doug Lewis, 2nd season at NMU.  Lewis took over the NMU program after guiding independent Central State (Ohio) to the NCAA-II Tournament two years ago. He served as the Marauders' head coach for seven years. The former Southwest Missouri State player won 125 games and had five winning campaigns at CSU.

* GLIAC North: Defending champion Ferris State and Michigan Tech are currently tied for first place in the GLIAC North Division with identical 6-2 league marks heading into Thursday's showdown.  Grand Valley State is in third place (5-4) followed by Northwood (4-4), Saginaw Valley State (4-4) and Northern Michigan (3-5).  Hillsdale leads the South Division with a perfect 9-0 GLIAC record this campaign.

* Earlier This Year: The Bulldogs split two games at home versus Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan earlier this year.  FSU suffered a 77-64 loss to MTU (Dec. 18) at Jim Wink Arena before coming back to beat NMU 57-49 (Dec. 19) in the final game prior to the holiday break.

* Important Note: The Bulldogs have led by 15 points or more each of the last two years against Michigan Tech at the Student Development Complex Gymnasium in Houghton, but the Huskies rallied back to win both games - 70-67 (2/11/10) and 74-71 (12/18/10).

* Coming Up Next: The Bulldogs return home to Jim Wink Arena and will square off against rival Grand Valley State on Saturday, Jan. 28.  Tipoff for the league doubleheader is set for 3 p.m. (ET).  Last year, a record sellout crowd of 2,443 fans attended the league doubleheader.

* Kidz Day Event: Next Saturday's game versus Grand Valley State marks the second of FSU's four "Kidz Dayz" events sponsored by Jet's Pizza.  All children in grades K-12 are free with a paid adult and a number of special kids activities will take place, including face painting, a bounce house, photos with Brutus the Bulldog and more.

* Overtime Decision: Saturday's overtime game against Northwood was the Bulldogs' first extra session contest of the season.  FSU went to OT twice last year and both games were against rival Grand Valley State.  The Bulldogs topped GVSU in overtime 79-72 at the "131 Showdown" in Grand Rapids (Jan. 29) before falling to the Lakers 82-80 in the regular-season finale at Wink Arena (Feb. 26).

* Brown Has NU's Number: Ferris' Kenny Brown fueled the Bulldog win over Northwood by scoring a game-high 25 points and it marked the second time this campaign he's scored 25 or more against the Timberwolves after his 29-point showing in FSU's 69-64 come from behind win over NU in Midland in December (12/10). Junior forward Daniel Sutherlin (Detroit/Renaissance) added 17 points and nine rebounds while senior forward Jerrell Sanders (Grand Rapids/Creston) totaled 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

* 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.

* Downtown Kenny Brown: 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.  Brown has scored in double-digits in 13 of 15 games to date this season.

* Series History vs. MTU: The Bulldogs trail MTU 55-53 all-time although FSU has won 10 of the last 17 games heading into Thursday's 109th series' meeting. FSU holds a 10-10 all-time mark versus MTU under Bill Sall. Ferris won two of three matchups last year.  The Bulldogs led MTU by 15 points in the first half before falling 74-71 in Houghton (12/15/10).  Ferris then rebounded for a 70-60 triumph in the second matchup at Jim Wink Arena (1/20/11) before topping the Huskies 73-64 in the league tournament semifinals (3/5/11) in Big Rapids. Earlier this year, MTU recorded a 77-64 win over FSU at Jim Wink Arena (Dec. 18).

* Scouting Michigan Tech: Michigan Tech is currently 8-7 overall and 6-2 in the GLIAC, which is tied with FSU for first place in the division.  MTU is coming off a 77-71 league road setback at Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 14) despite a game-high 36 points from junior forward Ali Haidar. They were 17-11 overall last season and were picked to finish first in the GLIAC North this season under 18th-year head coach Kevin Luke.  Currently, they've lost three of their last five games to date this season. Haidar is scoring a team-high 19.0 points per game to date.

* Series History vs. NMU: Ferris holds a 53-64 all-time series' record to date against NMU. The Bulldogs, though, have claimed 18 of the last 21 series' contests, including two last year. FSU head coach Bill Sall is presently 18-3 against Northern Michigan in his coaching career and guided FSU to a 73-63 win over NMU in Marquette last year (12/19/10) along with a 70-63 triumph in Big Rapids (1/22/11). The Bulldogs posted a 57-49 win in this year's first matchup (Dec. 19) at FSU's Wink Arena.

* Scouting NMU: Second-year head coach Doug Lewis has the Wildcats at 7-8 overall and 3-5 in the GLIAC mark heading into this Thursday's (Jan. 19) home game versus Grand Valley State.  NMU recorded a 9-17 mark a season ago and was 4-15 in league play. The Wildcats have won three of their last four games to date heading in the week and are coming off a 63-55 road win at Lake Superior State (Jan. 14).  Freshman guard Haki Stampley is scoring 15.2 points per contest

* 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.