February 15, 2012

FSU To Face WSU & Findlay On Road This Week

Thursday, Feb. 16
Women's & Men's Basketball at Wayne State, 5:30/7:30 p.m.

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Saturday, Feb. 18
Women's & Men's Basketball at Findlay, 1/3 p.m.
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* The Games:
The Ferris State University men's basketball team hits the road for two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week.  FSU visits Wayne State on Thursday, Feb. 16, for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) game in Detroit and then heads to Findlay on Saturday, Feb. 18, for a 3 p.m. (ET) league tilt.  Three of FSU's final four regular-season games are on the road beginning this week.

* 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: FSU maintained a two-game lead in the GLIAC North Division standings with a pair of decisive league home wins last week.  FSU topped Lake Erie 82-57 on Thursday (Feb. 9) night before beating Ashland 87-66 on Saturday (Feb. 11) at Wink Arena. Bulldog junior guard Kenny Brown had 29 points versus Lake Erie while freshman guard Dietrich Lever tallied a personal career-high 19 points. The Bulldogs had four players reach double-figure scoring against Ashland as Brown totaled 24 points, senior guard Dontae Molden had 20 points, junior forward Daniel Sutherlin contributed 16 points and senior forward Jerrell Sanders added 14 points.

* The Records: Ferris State (15-7, 12-3 GLIAC) has won 15 of its last 19 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.
   
Wayne State (14-8, 11-5 GLIAC) has won five of its last six games to date this season, but fell at home to Northwood by a 70-63 score in their most recent action last Saturday (Feb. 11).  WSU posted a 22-8 record a year ago and was 14-5 in GLIAC play.
   
Findlay (17-6, 11-5 GLIAC) has split its last four outings to date going into this Thursday's (Feb. 16) league home tilt versus Grand Valley State.  The Oilers beat Ohio Dominican 80-61 in their most recent action last Saturday (Feb. 11).  They were 24-4 overall a season ago and 16-3 in the GLIAC.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Bill Sall (Calvin, 1994), 10th season, 161-136 (.542) – (6-10 vs. WSU, 3-11 vs. UF).  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.
   
Wayne State – David Greer, (11th season at WSU). Greer led the Warriors to four-straight GLIAC Tourney berths and back-to-back NCAA-II Tourney bids, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2004.  Last year's NCAA trip was the program's third under Greer's direction.
   
Findlay – Charlie Ernst, (Findlay, 1992), 1st season as head coach.  A longtime Oiler assistant, Ernst replaced retired head coach Ron Niekamp this season following 20 years as an assistant coach at UF.

* GLIAC Race: The defending GLIAC North Division Champion Bulldogs (12-3 GLIAC) held onto a two-game lead over second place Michigan Tech and Northwood (10-5) with two wins last week.  Grand Valley State sits fourth (10-6) in the division. Hillsdale leads the South Division with a 13-3 GLIAC record while both Findlay and Wayne State are currently tied for second place (11-5).

* Final Home Game: The Bulldogs' final regular-season home game is next Wednesday, Feb. 22, versus Hillsdale at Jim Wink Arena.  Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (ET) and FSU will honor its three seniors prior to their final regular-season home contests.

* Good Stretch: Ferris State capped off a five-game homestand with a perfect 5-0 mark after winning twice last week over Lake Erie and Ashland.  FSU has presently won six games in a row since falling in a key divisional game at Michigan Tech on Jan. 19.  Three of FSU's final four remaining regular-season games are on the road and all four games come against team in the upper half of the league standings.

* Coming Up Next: The Bulldogs are back home next week to face Hillsdale on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. (ET) inside Wink Arena.  FSU then visits archrival Grand Valley State for the regular-season finale on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. (ET).

* Series History vs. WSU: The Bulldogs hold a 39-36 series' edge over Wayne State, but have dropped 13 of the last 19 series' games to date.  FSU won two of three meetings against the Warriors last season, which included a 90-88 win in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament (3/12/11) at Louisville, Ky.  Ferris had notched its first win over Wayne State in the Motor City since 1994-95 with a 54-52 victory in its last trip to Detroit (1/21/10).  The Bulldogs snapped a nine-game series' losing streak with a 70-65 home triumph in 2006 (2/16), which was the squad's first win over WSU since 1996-97.

* Series History vs. UF: Findlay is presently 16-5 all-time against the Bulldogs and has won 15 of the last 18 series' meetings. UF had claimed 10-straight wins in regular season play over the Bulldogs prior to a loss in Big Rapids two years ago (2/6/10). However, FSU has since won two in a row following a 84-66 triumph last season (2/19/11) in Big Rapids, which clinched the GLIAC North Division Championship for FSU.

* 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 19 of 22 games to date this season.

* Scouting WSU: Wayne State owns a 14-8 overall record and is 11-5 in GLIAC action this season.  The Warriors have won five of their last six games to date, but fell at home to Northwood by a 70-63 score in their most recent action last Saturday (Feb. 11).  WSU posted a 22-8 record a year ago and was 14-5 in GLIAC play.  Head Coach David Greer's team is paced in scoring by senior center Ike Udanoh (16.1 ppg.).

* Scouting UF: Findlay maintains a 17-6 overall mark and is 11-5 in conference play.  They've split their last four outings going into this Thursday's (Feb. 16) league home tilt versus Grand Valley State.  The Oilers beat Ohio Dominican 80-61 in their most recent action last Saturday (Feb. 11).  They were 24-4 overall a season ago and 16-3 in the GLIAC.  Senior guard Kyle Caiola is averaging a squad-best 13.8 points per game to date for first-year head coach Charlie Ernst. Findlay has won 74-straight GLIAC regular-season games at home entering the week.

* Big Week For Brown: Ferris State junior guard Kenny Brown led the Bulldogs to a pair of decisive home wins this past week by averaging 26.5 points per game.  The 6-2 Brown helped the Bulldogs hold onto a two-game lead in the GLIAC North Division standings by totaling 53 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in the two-game stretch.  He dropped 29 points and sank 10-of-14 (.714) shots from the floor along with five-of-eight (.625) three's in Thursday's (Feb. 9) 82-57 triumph over Lake Erie.  Brown then compiled 24 points on 50% shooting and hit four treys in Saturday's (Feb. 11) 87-66 win over Ashland.  He sank all six of his free throws in the two games.

* Block Party For Sanders: FSU senior forward Jerrell Sanders (Grand Rapids/Creston) blocked seven shots  in FSU's recent win over Saginaw Valley State (Feb. 4).  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 also in attendance for the game.

* GLIAC Leaderboard: Ferris ranks first in the conference in turnover margin (+3.73) along with third in offensive rebounds (12.7 pg.) and fourth in scoring defense (63.3 ppg.).  Individually, junior Kenny Brown is third in made three's (2.8 pg.) along with sixth in scoring (16.9 ppg.) and free throw percentage (.857).  Junior Daniel Sutherlin ranks fourth in offensive boards (3.0 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 (1.8 pg.).

* Season Of Firsts: The FSU men's basketball team is one of three Bulldog teams currently in first place in their respective conference races.  The women's hoops team leads the GLIAC North while FSU Hockey is atop the CCHA standings and ranked first in the nation this week.

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