Bulldog Seniors Sutherlin & Brown Pick Up All-GLIAC Laurels
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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University's two men's basketball senior student-athletes wrapped up their collegiate careers by receiving All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) postseason accolades as the official announcement of the all-conference teams were announced late Friday (March 8) night by the conference.
The award winners were recognized in conjunction with events surrounding the GLIAC Final Four, which is taking place this weekend in Houghton, Mich.
Senior guard Kenny Brown (Farmington Hills/Harrison) received All-GLIAC First Team accolades for the second consecutive year after leading the Bulldogs in scoring at 15.8 points per game this season. He ranked among the league leaders in scoring, free throw percentage (.870) and made three-pointers (49) in his final season.
Brown, who was a preseason All-GLIAC choice, finished his Bulldog career ranked third all-time in career free throw percentage (.838) and fourth in three-pointers made (168). He also became only the 26th player in school history this year to reach the 1,000 career points mark and wrapped up his career ranked 21st on the school's all-time list with 1,162 points.
Meanwhile, senior forward Daniel Sutherlin (Detroit/Renaissance) was among 12 players tabbed to the GLIAC All-Defensive Team. Sutherlin, who was an all-conference second team choice last year, missed the final six games of his collegiate career after suffering a season-ending injury, but still managed to average 10.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest this year.
The 6-4 Sutherlin, who was also a preseason all-league honoree, finished his career with 830 points and ranks among the top 20 rebounders in school history with 515 caeer boards. He also blocked a school eighth-best 55 shots and had 97 steals over his four-year career.
Together, the senior duo helped the Bulldogs to a pair of GLIAC North Division Championships along with the 2011 NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen.
Ferris State wrapped up the 2012-13 season with a 14-13 overall record and the Bulldogs reached the GLIAC Postseason Tournament for the eighth time in the last nine years, which ranks as one of the conference's top showings over the past decade. FSU also posted an impressive 10-1 mark at home in league regular-season action at Jim Wink Arena.
This year represented the 12th consecutive year in which the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games under head coach Bill Sall after the program had not done so in the four years prior to his arrial.
A total of 10 players from league member schools were named to both the All-GLIAC First and Second Team with 10 more chosen for GLIAC All-Defensive Team recognition.
Michigan Tech senior standout Ali Haidar claimed the GLIAC Player of the Year honor for the second-straight year while Wayne State's David Greer picked up league Coach of the Year recognition and Malone guard Christian Graves was chosen as the league's Freshman of the Year in voting by the conference head coaches.