February 8, 2012

FSU Hosts Lake Erie & Ashland In GLIAC Play

Thursday, Feb. 9
Women's & Men's Basketball vs. Lake Erie, 6/8 p.m.

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Saturday, Feb. 11
Women's & Men's Basketball vs. Ashland, 1/3 p.m.
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* The Games:
The Ferris State University men's basketball team wraps up its five-game Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) homestand with a pair of contests this week inside Jim Wink Arena.  The Bulldogs host Lake Erie for the first-time ever on Thursday (Feb. 9) before taking on Ashland on Saturday (Feb. 11).

* 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.

* Two Wins Last Week: Ferris State pulled out a hard-fought 64-59 triumph over Saginaw Valley State in GLIAC North Division play on Saturday (Feb. 4) at FSU's Jim Wink Arena. It came on the heels of a 73-64 triumph over Lake Superior State at home on Thursday night. In Saturday's game, the lead changed hands 17 times in the game and the score was tied six times before FSU tallied the final five points in the outing to remain in first place in the GLIAC North standings with six regular-season games remaining. Ferris won its fourth consecutive contest behind a game-high 21 points from junior forward Daniel Sutherlin (Detroit/Renaissance). Senior guard Dontae Molden (Detroit/Pershing) led the Bulldogs with 20 points in Thursday's win over LSSU.

* The Records: Ferris State (13-7, 10-3 GLIAC) has won 13 of its last 17 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 Erie (8-12, 3-10 GLIAC) had lost seven-straight games prior to a 75-54 home win over Ohio Dominican last Saturday (Feb. 4).  The Storm posted a 7-19 overall mark in 2010-11 and were 3-16 in GLIAC play as a first-year conference member.
   
Ashland (13-8, 8-6 GLIAC) visits Grand Valley State on Thursday (Feb. 9) prior to facing FSU.  The Eagles have won their last two games, including a 73-68 home win over Tiffin on Saturday (Feb. 4).  AU posted a 13-13 mark in 2010-11 and was 7-12 in conference action.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Bill Sall (Calvin, 1994), 10th season, 159-136 (.539) – (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 Erie – Cliff Hunt, (Hiram, 1969), 7th season at LEC. The school's all-time winningest coach began his tenure with three-straight winning seasons. Prior to Lake Erie, Hunt spent a total of 24 years as a head coach in the high school ranks in Ohio.
   
Ashland – John Ellenwood, (Wooster, 2000), 3rd season at AU, 6th season overall. Ellenwood replaced former head coach Roger Lyons after three seasons at NCAA-III Thomas More where he led the team to a national tourney berth his final year. He was an assistant at both Ohio Wesleyan & Capital.

* GLIAC Race: The defending GLIAC North Division Champion Bulldogs (10-3 GLIAC) stretched their lead over second place Michigan Tech (9-5) with two wins last week.  Northwood sits third (8-5) followed by Grand Valley State (8-6). Hillsdale leads the South Division with a 12-2 GLIAC record while Wayne State is second (11-4) and Findlay third (10-4).

* Pink Game: For the third year in a row, Bulldog Athletics will partner with the Colleges vs. Cancer student organization to hold a "Pink Game" against Lake Erie.  Players will be in matching navy shooting shirts with the GLIAC's "Pink Wave" logo on it to help support cancer research.

* More Promotions: One lucky fan will have an opportunity to win $10,000 in a shot sponsored by Lake Osceola State Bank.  Additionally, Saturday's game marks the last 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.

* Coming Up Next: The Bulldogs hit the road next week as FSU opens a grueling final four-game stretch.  Ferris State visits Wayne State on Thursday, Feb. 16, for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) game in Detroit before traveling to Findlay to face the Oilers inside Croy Gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m. (ET).

* Community Health Fair: In addition to "Kidz Day", a community health fair will also take place during Saturday's men's basketball game in the concourse of the Ewigleben Sports Complex with free health screenings and education provided by the FSU Colleges of Optometry, Allied Health Sciences (Nursing & Dental Hygiene) and Pharmacy.

* Series History vs. LEC: Thursday's meeting will mark the second-ever series' matchup between Ferris State and Lake Erie following the Bulldogs' 77-64 road win last season (2/10/11) in the initial matchup at Painesville, Ohio.  This will be the Storm's first trip to Big Rapids.

* Series History vs. AU: Ferris holds a 14-6 series' edge over Ashland and beat the Eagles last season (2/12/11) with an impressive 83-67 win at Kates Gymnasium in Ashland, Ohio.  Two years ago, FSU swept the Eagles with a 82-72 win in Big Rapids (12/3/09) and a 80-69 victory in Ohio (1/16/10) . The Bulldogs have won eight of the last nine meetings versus AU to date and FSU head coach Bill Sall owns a current 10-2 career coaching mark against Ashland.

* 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 17 of 20 games to date this season.

* Scouting LEC: Lake Erie currently owns a 8-12 overall mark along with a 3-10 GLIAC record.  The Storm had lost seven-straight games prior to a 75-54 home win over Ohio Dominican last Saturday (Feb. 4).  LEC posted a 7-19 overall mark in 2010-11 and was 3-16 in GLIAC play as a first-year conference member.  They are coached by Cliff Hunt and paced in scoring by sophmore center Rich Austin (11.6 ppg.).

* Scouting AU: Ashland maintains a 13-8 record with a 8-6 league mark heading into a matchup at Grand Valley State on Thursday (Feb. 9) prior to facing FSU.  The Eagles have won their last two games, including a 73-68 home win over Tiffin on Saturday (Feb. 4).  AU posted a 13-13 mark in 2010-11 and was 7-12 in conference action.  Third-year head coach John Ellenwood's team is led in scoring by talented junior forward Evan Yates (20.4 ppg.).

* Career Day For Molden: FSU senior guard Dontae Molden tallied a personal career-high 20 points in last Thursday's (Feb. 2) 73-64 league home win over Lake Superior State, which included a six-of-nine showing from the floor and a five-of-six effort at the free throw line.  Three of his free throws helped ice the win in the final 30 seconds.  He then added eight points with six rebounds and five assists in Saturday's narrow 64-59 league win over Saginaw Valley State.  Molden also made the game's key defensive play when he stripped SVSU's Chris Webb of the ball on a potential game-tying or go-ahead possession in the final 10 seconds of the contest.  The veteran point guard finished the week averaging 14 points and also totaled seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals.

* Block Party For Sanders: FSU also received a team-high eight rebounds to go with six points and seven blocked shots by senior forward Jerrell Sanders (Grand Rapids/Creston) in Saturday's win over SVSU.  His seven blocks was one shy of tying the school record of eight swats set almost a year ago at home also against SVSU by former Bulldog forward Lou Williams, who was in attendance on Saturday.

* GLIAC Leaderboard: Ferris ranks first in the conference in turnover margin (+3.80) along with second in offensive rebounds (13.1 pg.).  Individually, junior Kenny Brown is second in made three's (2.6 pg.) along with seventh in scoring (15.9 ppg.).  Junior Daniel Sutherlin ranks fourth in offensive boards (3.1 pg.) and fifth in total rebounds (8.0 pg.) while senior Jerrell Sanders is sixth overall in rebounding (7.5 pg.).  Senior Dontae Molden is third in the league in steals (1.9 pg.).

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