February 1, 2012

Men's Hoops Hosts LSSU & SVSU This Week

Thursday, Feb. 2
Women's & Men's Basketball vs. Lake Superior State, 6/8 p.m.

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Saturday, Feb. 4
Women's & Men's Basketball vs. Saginaw Valley State, 1/3 p.m.
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* The Games:
The Ferris State University men's basketball team continues its five-game homestand with a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week inside Jim Wink Arena.  FSU hosts Lake Superior State on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. (ET) and then faces Saginaw Valley State on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. (ET).

* 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 calling the play-by-play action and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary.  They will also be accessible online at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com along with a live pay-per-view video webcast and live internet statistics.  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 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.

* Big Rivalry Win: FSU had four players reach double-figure scoring as the Bulldogs pulled out a 65-57 victory over archrival Grand Valley State in a showdown last Saturday (Jan. 28) at Wink Arena. The Bulldogs built an 11-point halftime advantage in the West Michigan rivalry matchup and outscored GVSU 17-3 in points off turnovers as they took over first place in the GLIAC North Division standings before a crowd of 1,763 fans. Ferris received 18 points from both junior guard Kenny Brown (Farmington Hills/Harrison) and senior guard Dontae Molden (Detroit/Pershing), who connected on four three-pointers.  Meanwhile, junior forward Daniel Sutherlin (Detroit/Renaissance) and senior forward Jerrell Sanders (Grand Rapids/Creston) totaled 14 and 11 points, respectively.

* The Records: Ferris State (11-7, 8-3 GLIAC) has won 11 of its last 15 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.
   
Lake Superior State (10-9, 5-7 GLIAC) has won three of its last four games to date this year and is coming off a 76-70 home win over Tiffin last Saturday (Jan. 28).  The Lakers were 15-12 overall a year ago and 9-10 in the GLIAC.
   
Saginaw Valley State (10-9, 6-6 GLIAC) visits Grand Valley State on Thursday (Feb. 2) prior to facing FSU.  The Cardinals defeated Ohio Dominican 102-64 last Saturday (Jan. 28) at home.  They finished 13-14 in 2010-11 and were 9-10 in GLIAC play.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Bill Sall (Calvin, 1994), 10th season, 157-136 (.536) – (12-7 vs. LSSU, 13-8 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.

* GLIAC North: With last Saturday's win over Grand Valley State, the defending GLIAC North Division Champion Bulldogs (8-3) took a half-game lead over Michigan Tech (8-4) atop the division.  Northwood sits third (7-5) followed by both GVSU and Saginaw Valley State (6-6). Hillsdale leads the South Division with a 11-1 GLIAC record while Findlay is second (9-3) and Wayne State third (9-4).

* Game Promotions This Week: One lucky fan both days this week will have an opportunity to win $10,000 in a shot sponsored by Lake Osceola State Bank.  Additionally, Saturday's game versus Saginaw Valley State marks the third 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.  Also, the Mariachi Nacional Band of Indianapolis will provide music during both halftimes on Saturdya as part of the area's annual Festival of the Arts Celebration.

* Coming Up Next: The Bulldogs wrap up their five-game league stand at home next week with a pair of contests against GLIAC South Division schools.  Lake Erie visits Wink Arena for the first-time ever on Thursday, Feb, 9, at 8 p.m. (ET) with Ashland coming to town on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m.  After next week, FSU plays three of its last four regular-season games on the road.

* Series History vs. LSSU: Ferris holds a 76-48 lead heading into Thursday's 125th 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). This season, FSU recorded a 64-58 victory over the Lakers on the road (Jan. 5). Ferris head coach Bill Sall owns a current 12-7 career coaching mark against Lake Superior State. The Bulldogs have won 12 of the last 19 series' matchups overall.

* Series History vs. SVSU: Ferris maintains a 50-34 lead heading into Saturday's 85th series meeting with SVSU. The Bulldogs have won 14 of the last 22 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). However, SVSU was a 79-59 winner over the Bulldogs earlier this year (Jan. 7) in University Center. Ferris head coach Bill Sall owns a current 13-8 career coaching mark against SVSU.

* 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 16 of 18 games to date this season.

* Scouting LSSU: Lake Superior State, which is 10-9 overall and 5-7 in the GLIAC, most recently posted a 76-70 league home win over Tiffin last Saturday (Jan. 28).  The Lakers were 15-12 overall a year ago and 9-10 in the GLIAC.  They've won three of their last four games overall, but are only 2-4 in road contests this campaign.  LSSU is guided by coach Steve Hettinga and paced in scoring by senior guard Kyle Hunt (15.4 ppg.).

* Scouting SVSU: Saginaw Valley State visits Grand Valley State on Thursday (Feb. 4) prior to facing FSU.  The Cardinals are 10-9 overall and 6-6 in GLIAC play to date this year.  They last recorded a 102-64 home win over Ohio Dominican last Saturday (Jan. 28).  SVSU finished 13-14 in 2010-11 and were 9-10 in GLIAC play. Head coach Frankie Smith's team has two players averaging in double-figures and is led by junior guard Chris Webb (14.8 ppg.).  They've split their last four games to date.

* 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.

* Good Day For Dontae: FSU senior point guard Dontae Molden fueled the Bulldogs' exciting 65-57 win over archrival Grand Valley State last Saturday. The 5-10 Molden recorded a game-high tying 18 points to go with four rebounds, three steals and two assists in the outing. He nailed four three-pointers (4-7), including three in the second half to keep the Lakers at bay.  He also nailed two free throws with 41 seconds remaining to shut the door on any hopes of a Laker comeback.  The 18 points was only one shy of his personal career-high.

* Notes From The GVSU Game: The combination of Kenny Brown, Dontae Molden, Daniel Sutherlin and Jerrell Sanders combined to scored 61 of FSU's 65 points in last Saturday's game versus GVSU.  FSU never trailed in the contest .... The win over GVSU capped a Bulldog sweep over the Lakers in Big Rapids as the FSU women's team also beat GVSU 58-50 in the opening game of the twinbill.  It marks the first time the Bulldogs have swept FSU in a doubleheader since doing it twice during the 2003-04 season.  Both Bulldog teams reside in first place in the GLIAC North .... The victory was FSU's 50th all-time win over GVSU in men's basketball action as FSU took a 50-47 all-time series' edge with the win in the 97th series' matchup.  The two teams have split the last eight meetings ...... All three Bulldog teams currently in action, which includes hockey and men's and women's basketball, all reside in first place in their respective conference races at the end of January.

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